Searching for Sugar Man (2012)
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A well made documentary, but it just omits so much about Rodriguez in favour of portraying him as this mythical figure who fell off the face of the earth. In reality he was incredibly popular in Australia and he knew it and even toured. The film doesn't just let the truth get in the way of a good story, it flat out neglects significant periods of Rodriguez's life just to manufacture a narrative.
I kind of wanted this movie to go in a different direction. Sixto should've been a millionaire with the units he was moving in South Africa. *Someone* got very rich off of this guys music. Either it was Clarence Avant, someone at Buddah Records, or some South African record company, but the real investigation isn't over.
Avant may be innocent, but he came off very poorly in the movie.
Great movie. Even greater story. Well deserved Oscar. No one should miss out on this. But, even more important, listen to Rodriguez' recordings. Some of the songs are of stellar quality.
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This movie ranks #40 in IMDb's Documentary Top 50
This movie ranks #114 in Sight & Sound's The Greatest Documentaries of All Time
This movie ranks #732 in TSPDT's 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films