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Searching for Sugar Man

(DVD - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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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.
Content Type: two-dimensional moving image
Media Type: video
Carrier Type: videodisc
Notes: Special features: Commentary with director Malik Bendjelloul and musician Rodriguez; Making Sugar Man; An evening with Malik Bendjelloul and Rodriguez; Theatrical trailer; Previews.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 2012.
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.
Audience: Rating PG-13 for brief strong language and some drug references.
Awards & Distinctions: WINNER: Best feature documentary, Academy Awards 2013 -- WINNER: Special Jury Prize, World Cinema-Documentary Sundance Film Festival -- WINNER: Audience Award, World Cinema-Documentary Sundance Film Festival -- WINNER: Audience Award Best Documentary, LA Film Fest -- NOMINATED: Grand Jury Prize, World Cinema-Documentary Sundance Film Festival -- OFFICIAL SELECTION: Tribeca Film Festival
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Alternate Title: Searching for Sugarman
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 ; executive producer, John Battsek ; written, directed and edited by Malik Bendjelloul
Credits: Director of photography, Camilla Skagerström ; original songs by Rodriguez.
Performers: Featuring: Stephen "Sugar" Segerman, Dennis Coffey, Mike Theodore, Dan DiMaggio, Jerome Ferretti, Steve Rowland, Willem Möller, Craig Bartholomew-Strydom, Ilse Assmann, Steve M. Harris, Robbie Mann, Clarence Avant, Eva Rodriguez, Sixto Rodriguez, Regan Rodriguez, Sandra Rodriguez-Kennedy, Rick Emmerson, Rian Malan.
System Details: DVD; region 1; anamorphic widescreen (1.78) presentation; Dolby Digital 5.1.
Other Language: Closed-captioned; English dialogue; with optional French and English subtitles; subtitled in English for the deaf and hard of hearing [SDH].
Subject Headings: Folk musicians United States Biography. Rodriguez, Sixto.
Genre/Form: Documentary films.
Biographical films.
Topical Term: Folk musicians
Publisher No: 41366
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Aug 20, 2014
  • foou rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A fantastic story. I can't figure out why Rodriguez didn't become really popular, his music is great.

Aug 05, 2014
  • cheadlebeagle rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Watched this on Netflix and found it amazing. What a shame he was not known in North America. Thanks to South Africa for keeping his music alive; I'm playing his CD all the time now.

Jun 13, 2014
  • dairyqueen rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Fascinating documentary!

Apr 23, 2014
  • rufus_red4 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Emotional, heart wrenching but ultimately winning. This documentary tells a story so extraordinary and almost unbelievable in it's probability, that it must be seen to be believed and most certainly would never have been made into a fictional Hollywood movie.

A beautifully filmed chronicle of the singer/songwriter Rodriguez who escaped being a flash in the pan, to being adored across the globe and proving the motto that "It's never to late". Besides the actual documentary, make sure you also watch the 'Making of...' that's included in the dvd. The story continues and it's equally absorbing.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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