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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Look No Further for Rodriguez...

Posted by on Thu, Apr 25, 2013 at 10:51 AM

(Neptune) Here's some 21st-century heresy: I didn't much care for Searching for Sugar Man, the Oscar-winning documentary that introduced Rodriguez to a new generation/the world at large. The story the film tells is unquestionably amazing, charting Rodriguez's blip of a '70s career and "posthumous" rise to superstardom in South Africa. But the "quest for a lost man" framing the film uses feels forced—as Slate's Dana Stevens noted, "Sugar Man didn't really seem that hard to find"—and I exited the film thinking the Great Rodriguez Tale would have been equally effective (and shorter) as an episode of This American Life. But nothing can diminish the glory of Rodriguez, the man and musician, whose backstory is so amazing it won an Oscar, and whose current life finds him bringing his mystical folkie magic to the stage of the Neptune. (So thanks for that, documentary makers.)


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