Searching For Sugar Man details
|Formats:||12 DVD, Blu-ray, LOVEFiLM Instant|
|Starring:||Rodriguez, Malik Bendjelloul|
|Collections:||Award Winners, Best of LOVEFiLM Instant, Critic's Choice, December - Thriller/Documentary, Exclusive!, Exclusives, Hidden Gems, Highest Rated|
Searching For Sugar Man
|1hr 22 mins||12|
LOVEFiLM Instant Information
|Run time:||1 hour 22 minutes|
|Rental release:||To be confirmed|
By Jonathan Crocker from LOVEFiLM
Malik Bendjelloul's musical detective story following an artist, Sixto Rodriguez, who vanished in the 60's.
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Sugar man makes sweet musicBy blackpolekev (248 reviews) from blackpole , 28 Sep 2012
[Highly rated reviewer]Have you got any records by Sixto Rodriguez? No, me neither, and I very much doubt if there are any in the UK - although that should soon change now this documentary has been made. This film had an extremely limited release last week with just one of my 6 local-ish cinemas showing it for one performance only. Luckily I managed to catch it & am so glad I did as it's the most fascinating documentary since Man On Wire.
Before seeing this film I have to admit I had never even heard of Rodriguez. Many of his recordings are featured on the soundtrack and are so poetic they can be compared to Dylan; listening to them it beggars belief that he never became a major star in America, but incredibly they just didn't sell. He quickly faded into obscurity and disappeared. Anecdotal evidence suggested that he committed suicide on stage.
However in 1970s South Africa someone liked what he heard and word spread. Rodriguez quickly became a cult, mysterious figure & was bigger than Elvis, although nobody knew anything about him, until someone decided to investigate.... The result is this extraordinary film. It's compelling viewing with a bizarre twist about two-thirds of the way through. I strongly suggest you DON'T Google anything about Rodriguez before seeing it.
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An Exceptional FilmBy Hogules (8 reviews) from Bath , 31 Mar 2013
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideThoroughly enjoyed this film from beginning to end, it's an exceptional story which, if it wasn't shot in a documentary style, would seem too unbelievable to be true. I recommend taking an extra 20 mins to watch the 'Making of' as it closes off some of the unanswered questions, such as what happened to the missing money. It also puts the film maker's story into perspective, and it's quite a journey - well worth the Oscar.
If you like music you'll like thisBy itstinks (705 reviews) from North of Reading , 30 Mar 2013Don't read too much in advance so as to enjoy the twists of this story more. A fairly unkown musician in Britain and even the US but by chance of fate became very popular in aparthied South Africa and the subsequent interest to find out what happened to him over 20 years later.
Don't missBy IloveBritishfilms (3 reviews) , 30 Mar 2013Fascinating and moving film about an, unknown to the UK , talented enigmatic musician plus great 70s soul music. I would highly recommend this film.
Powerful and MovingBy LuluAndNath (24 reviews) , 28 Mar 2013Maybe it's because I'm South African, grew up on bootleg cassettes of 'Cold Fact', and believed he was dead, that I found this so emotional. Rodriguez, while unknown in America, is legend in South Africa. The legend as I heard it (when I was about thirteen) was that he swore he would bring out three hit records and then kill himself, and then committed suicide on-stage by shooting himself in the head. If you're South African you've probably seen this already. If you're from Europe or America and have never heard of the musician Rodriguez, then this magical story will open your eyes and ears.
How emotional is that?By Benhuczek (145 reviews) from London , 27 Mar 2013Thought I'd do a bit of homework to see what the story of this guy Rodriguez iwas before I went to see him headline at the Hop Farm 2013. What a trip. Great music, fantastic detective story. Have now bought all the music and will probably go for the BluRay to see if the sound track sounds even better. Firmly recommended as a music documentary - should be on SkyArts at least.