Searching for Sugar Man

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searching for sugar man
November 1, 2012
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The incredible true story of Rodriguez, the greatest ’70s rock icon who never was

Searching for Sugar Man tells the incredible true story of Rodriguez, the greatest ’70s rock icon who never was. Discovered in a Detroit bar in the late ’60s by two celebrated producers struck by his soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics, they recorded an album which they believed would secure his reputation as the greatest recording artist of his generation. In fact, the album bombed and the singer disappeared into obscurity amid rumors of a gruesome on-stage suicide. But a bootleg recording found its way into apartheid South Africa and, over the next two decades, he became a phenomenon. The film follows the story of two South African fans who set out to find out what really happened to their hero. Their investigation leads them to a story more extraordinary than any of the existing myths about the artist known as Rodriguez(Sweden, 2012, 85 min., color, Rated PG-13  35mm • Director: Malik Bendjelloul  • 2012 Sundance Film Festival)

“***1/2 Stars! The search for a long-lost pop icon has an unexpected payoff. - John Anderson, NEWSDAY

A hugely appealing documentary about fans, faith and an enigmatic Age of Aquarius musician who burned bright and hopeful before disappearing.” – Manohla Dargis, NEW YORK TIMES

“A fresh and unexpected documentary that plays like a nail-biting mystery and a ticket to ride the whirlwind where art and commerce do battle.” - Peter Travers, ROLLING STONE

“A fantastic music doc with a surprising twist; which, when done as well as it is here, works just as effectively whether you know what’s coming or not.” - Ian Buckwalter, THE ATLANTIC

“A sensation! Unravels the extraordinary mystery of an American folksinger.” – ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

“A winning musical detective story about a failed, forgotten early ’70s rocker who became a huge success halfway across the world.” – Dennis Harvey, VARIETY