Searching for Sugar Man, 2012.
Directed by Malik Bendjelloul.
A documentary looking for the elusive and mysterious 70s singer/songwriter Rodriguez.
Rodriguez is an enigma. He was better than Bob Dylan, but didn't sell. His albums sit alongside Abby Road and Bridge Over Troubled Water in fans' record collections, but hardly anyone's ever heard of him. He blew his brains out onstage. He set himself on fire at a gig. He overdosed on drugs. He's the 'Sugar Man' the documentary seeks.
Tales of his death bump into and contradict each other throughout the film. The opening scene has Sugar, a South African record shop owner, regaling the self-immolation rumour of Rodriguez's death. Other reasons and situations are given for his passing, but there is one aspect on which the talking heads all agree - Rodriguez is dead.
But when did death ever stop a person becoming famous? »
- Chris Villeneuve
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