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Searching for Sugar Man

(DVD - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Searching for Sugar Man


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In the early 1970s, Sixto Rodriguez was a Detroit folksinger who had a short-lived recording career. Unknown to him, his musical story continued in South Africa where he became a pop music icon. Long rumored there to be dead, two fans, record store owner Stephen Segerman and journalist Craig Bartholomew-Strydom, decided to seek out the truth of his fate.
Title: Searching for Sugar Man
[videorecording]
Publisher: [New York] :, Sony Pictures Classics ;, Culver City, Calif. :, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment,, [2013]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 87 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in
Statement of Responsibility: a Red Box Films & Passion Pictures production in association with Canfield Pictures & the Documentary Company ; a film by Malik Bendjelloul ; produced by Simon Chinn, Malik Bendjelloul ; written, directed, and edited by Malik Bendjelloul
Notes: Originally produced as a motion picture in 2012
Special features: commentary with Malik Bendjelloul and Rodriguez; making Sugar Man; an evening with Malik Bendjelloul and Rodriguez; theatrical trailer
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Summary: In the early 1970s, Sixto Rodriguez was a Detroit folksinger who had a short-lived recording career. Unknown to him, his musical story continued in South Africa where he became a pop music icon. Long rumored there to be dead, two fans, record store owner Stephen Segerman and journalist Craig Bartholomew-Strydom, decided to seek out the truth of his fate.
Branch Call Number: DVD 782.421620092 SEARCHING
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Report This Mar 13, 2014
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The rediscovery/unearthing of a cult musician or band documentary has become something of a cottage industry over the past decade. We've seen films about Roky Erickson, Daniel Johnston, New York Doll bassist Arthur Kane, Detroit proto-punks Death and now forgotten folk-rocker Sixto Rodriguez. By now the story is familiar: the Detroit musician recorded two albums in the early 70s, neither of which were successful, disappeared from the public eye, but meanwhile became very successful and influential in South Africa. The first half of the movie details the South African musicians, fans and record collectors who became obsessed with his music and then with tracking him down, while the second focuses on Rodriguez, alive and living quietly in Detroit. The film leans too heavily on the South Africa connection and doesn't devote enough time to the soft-spoken, humble to a fault Rodriguez. I would've liked to have seen more footage of him performing, as well as interviews with his peers/fellow musicians, rather than all these South African dudes. Considering all the awards this won (including an Oscar), I expected this to be better.

Report This Mar 02, 2014
  • pigweed rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The description for this calls Rodriguez a folk singer, but to me his music has a haunting unique quality that isn't like folk music. Wish I had heard him in the 70's. After I wrote this, I checked out some cd's from the library. I haven't finished listening to them, but some of the recordings have violins and other instruments which to me makes the songs sound too much like some of the sentimental sort of boring stuff from the 60's and 70's. Maybe Rodriguez wanted to explore this kind of music - maybe it wasn't his idea, but I wonder if that's why his records didn't sell well. Maybe the record producers weren't sure what to do with him and didn't fully commit to his music.

Report This Feb 28, 2014
  • charlesandrew0621 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Great documentary, but it completely ignores the fact Rodriguez actually found success in Australia in the 1980's, opening for Midnight Oil. Other than that glaring omission, the story is fabulous, and it was good to see Rodriguez get his moment in the sun. II hope people actually bought the soundtrack to support him.

love the hole show and the tunes five stars

Report This Jan 05, 2014
  • patbik rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I honestly did not expect this documentary to be this good. What a surprise! Great story. Rodriguez deserved so much more recognition than he got. Such a talented artist, and so humble...Watch this!!!

This documentary raises many questions yet to be answered. There are at least a few questionable characters interviewed that leave you wondering what their hiding. But there are on going lawsuits which you learn about from the commentary tracks. How was fame stolen from Rodriguez? One issue that was never mentioned was if Detroit was ready to accept a Mexican as a gritty pop superstar.

This is available on Netflix.

I just finished watching this. Loved all of it and now I need to go and find his music!! What a great story

Report This Sep 11, 2013
  • joeguy rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I can relate to this real-life fairy tale. A lot of people don't know it, but I am a former pro tetherball player - and very well known in Albania. I'm sort of the Bjorn Borg of tetherball in the Balkan state. I share the same humble philosophy about life that Rodriguez employs in his daily living.

Report This Aug 23, 2013
  • dernalbert rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A must-see for people who grew up listening to music in the 70's.

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Report This Jan 29, 2013
  • toby1kenobi rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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