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The Academy Award-winning producer of Man on Wire unveils the incredible and moving story of Rodriguez, a '70s U.S. rock icon who never was.

In the late '60s, a musician was discovered in a Detroit bar by two celebrated producers who were struck by his soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics. They recorded an album that they believed was going to secure his reputation as one of the greatest recording artists of his generation. Despite overwhelming critical acclaim, 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, it became a phenomenon. Two South African fans then set out to find out what really happened to their hero. Their investigation led them to a story more extraordinary than any of the existing myths about the artist known as Rodriguez. This is a film about hope, inspiration and the resonating power of music.

Special Features:

  • Making of
  • Commentary with Director Malik Bendjelloul and Sixto Rodriguez
studio:
  • StudioCanal
Run Time:
  • 86 mins approx.
Director:
  • Malik Bendjelloul
Certificate:
  • 12
Actor:
  • Malik Bendjelloul
  • Rodriguez
Aspect Ratio:
  • 16:9 - 1.78:1
Theatrical Release Year:
  • 2012
Main Language:
  • English
Number of Discs:
  • 1
Region:
  • B

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Zavvi - The Home of Pop Culture

The Academy Award-winning producer of Man on Wire unveils the incredible and moving story of Rodriguez, a '70s U.S. rock icon who never was.

In the late '60s, a musician was discovered in a Detroit bar by two celebrated producers who were struck by his soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics. They recorded an album that they believed was going to secure his reputation as one of the greatest recording artists of his generation. Despite overwhelming critical acclaim, 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, it became a phenomenon. Two South African fans then set out to find out what really happened to their hero. Their investigation led them to a story more extraordinary than any of the existing myths about the artist known as Rodriguez. This is a film about hope, inspiration and the resonating power of music.

Special Features:

  • Making of
  • Commentary with Director Malik Bendjelloul and Sixto Rodriguez
studio:
  • StudioCanal
Run Time:
  • 86 mins approx.
Director:
  • Malik Bendjelloul
Certificate:
  • 12
Actor:
  • Malik Bendjelloul
  • Rodriguez
Aspect Ratio:
  • 16:9 - 1.78:1
Theatrical Release Year:
  • 2012
Main Language:
  • English
Number of Discs:
  • 1
Region:
  • B
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