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Searching for Sugar Man
Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock 'n' roller, Rodriguez.
Christopher Nolan once wrote in Inception "It is the simplest version of the idea that sticks." I truly believe that the same thing applies to music as well. A simple soulful song can go a long way in touching a person's heart, changing him for good and infusing hope in him that better times would surface. Bob Dylan, Samuel Beam and Bob Marley come to my thought immediately as their songs find that immaculate and almost impossible connection with the artistically intellectual as well as with the common man. It is a bond which is incredibly difficult to achieve and something that only very few have managed to do.
This is the incredible true story of a person who played…
Searching for Sugar Man is a documentary that both perpetuates and shatters the myth surrounding the little heard musician known as Rodriguez. In the early ‘70s he released two albums that sold only a handful of copies in America yet in Apartheid era South Africa, Rodriguez’ music became a sensation and a call for change. Director, Malik Bendjelloul, creates an affectionate documentary that is part investigative thriller and part redemptive story for an artist who deserved wider recognition.
So little was known about Rodriguez the man meaning myths and legends were created around this elusive figure. Talk of suicide on stage perpetuated rumours of a bright light burning briefly before being extinguished by a soul destroying system. Yet, as is…
I think he's representative of the human spirit, of what's possible.
Most of the great documentaries of the last few years make you question how mankind has survived as a society thus far. For a change of pace, here comes one that tells the story of an enigmatic singer/songwriter from the 70s that seemingly no one had ever heard of, but nevertheless his persona grew into a myth out of nothing.
You should watch it for the simple fact that it proves the entire world hasn't gone to shit just yet and also watch it going in cold as you'll enjoy the ride much more. Seriously don't even watch the trailer. The story that unfolds, while it won't…
One of a very few films that I thought achieved perfection in 2012, Searching for Sugar Man gives us what all great documentaries do: a remarkable journey that is entirely rewarding from beginning to end, and involves a subject that most of us probably had little to no knowledge about going in.
I was immediately entranced by the film because I am very familiar with the music of Sixto Rodriguez, and have been for several years. Like most of the people who acquired physical copies of this unique musician's albums, I only knew of him what was provided in the liner notes and lyric sheets. This movie begins as a journey to find the truth behind his assumed death (most…
Sixto Rodriguez ? If you had heard of him before this documentary came out, then your music knowledge is considerably better than mine. A mysterious artist who released a couple of albums in the early seventies, he vanished as quickly as he appeared. An American guitarist, little was known of him other than that he sold very few records in his own country. He was however, unknown to even him, s sensation in South Africa. His songs struck a chord with a country battling Apartheid and even though some of his work was censored, his records were on every turntable. The voice of a generation for South Africans, the mystery behind the man was as legendary as his tunes.Stories surrounding…
I bet there is not one person that has not bought his album or played a track on YOU-TUBE etc....after seeing this superb documentary.
If you love your music and want to try something different from the 70's that you haven't heard before. Check out Sixto Rodriguez.
I cannot believe he was ignored around that time where the likes of others were getting high ratings and noticed.
Kudos for the people that brought this guy back out to the music world.
Enjoyable documentary that tantalizes more than it informs. I would say that perhaps the only flaw isn't that it fails to acknowledge Rodriguez's success in Australia (because the story is more about his relationship with South Africa than anything else), but that it raises some questions that it then abandons.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
So impressed with this gorgeous documentary. It's part detective story, part travelogue, part music promo (I downloaded the soundtrack as soon as the credits rolled), part cryfest.
The sound is used so perfectly with the film footage - for me, there were a couple of moments where a particular shot and a haunting or uplifting piece of music were used so brilliantly together, it evoked overwhelming emotion seemingly from nowhere. Absolutely inexplicable, brilliantly precise film-making. A couple of little animation sequences also bring a lovely warmth to the story.
In terms of what actually happens in Searching for Sugar Man, there's a lot of it that I can't talk about for fear of spoilering (I don't care if you say…
Searching for Sugar Man is a documentary right up my alley! As a big fan of 60's and 70's rock music, including folk rock, the story of Rodriguez is undoubtedly incredible. The guy who was wrongfully tipped to be the next large figure in the American music industry, but instead unknowingly became an iconic and legendary cult symbol in South Africa in the fight against apartheid.
It's a well-told documentary, but the first half is definitely the most interesting. Here, the story is told as a detective story, where different people from South Africa tell about how they tried to track down the mysterious Rodriguez, and learn about his rumoured on-stage suicide.
My main problem with it, even though it…
I'm convinced, Rodriguez is awesome. I must get some CDs of his.
And I mean... THIS WAS SHOT ON AN IPHONE?! This is more hi def than most of the movies I see...
a really interesting documentary that is brilliantly made. the story is quite a remarkable one, and it is very interesting. however this film is made so well that it make it a complete package. it is easy for documentaries to just be factual and not focus on the cinematics but this film looks beautiful, of course there is archive footage and pictures but there is a lot of stuff filmed in modern detroit and cape town that is done brilliantly. overall a fascinating documentary that is great in every way
Buen documental que aprovecha buena historia para obtener buen resultado.
Inspiring story, but clearly much exaggeration and construction. A lot is intentionally left out. It bothers me that they never explained how such a mystery even came to be. Where did the money go? And Australia? Great music though, and a story too fantastic for fiction. The South African discovery aspect is pretty awesome. 70/100
The best doc I’ve seen since Man On Wire. Although this one is less spectacularly made. It’s great because of the story of Rodriguez, not the way it tells it. It’s really simply done, and there are a lot of directions you wish the film-makers would have gone in, but the very fact that they told this story is what matters. Try and see it without reading up on it. It’s worth your time.
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