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'Marley' A Documentary About The Great Bob Marley

A Documentary About Bob Marley Directed By Kevin Macdonald

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'Marley' 'Two Jews On Film' Don't Reach The Same Heights With This Bob Marley Bio (Video)

  • Apr 20, 2012
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By Joan Alperin Schwartz

The music of Bob Marley makes me feel really, really good.  I could be in the worst mood, stuck in traffic...Whatever...All I have to do is click on 'One Love', 'Exodus' or 'No Woman No Cry' and my spirits soar.

However, my knowledge of Bob Marley was limited.  I knew that he was a Rastafarian, a Jamaican legend and one incredible songwriter/singer.  

After seeing Kevin McDonald's documentary entitled 'Marley' I am happy to report, that I now know so much more...about Marley, the man and why...he was and still is...one of the greatest musical icons of the 20th century.

Bob Marley brought regae and his Rastafarian lifestyle to the masses.  He became a mythical figure to the people of Jamaica and to many others around the world.  His music lifted and united all people and greatly influenced the politics of the time. We're talking late 60's, 70's. 



Marley was born in the mountains of Jamaica in 1945 to a black mother and white father he only met a couple of time.  Because of his mixed race, he was a victim of prejudice throughout his childhood.  It seems that was one of the reasons he became a Rastafarian...  

Kevin McDonald, who won an Oscar for Best Documentary in 2000 (One Day In September) has put together, through a series of extensives interviews with Marley's wife, children (Ziggy and Cedella),
record producer, Chris Blackwell (Island Records) as well as Bunny Wailer, the last remaining member of Marley's band, The Wailer's...an in-depth picture of Marley's life...What drove him and what was the source of his inspiration.

Marley's enormous talent brought him international fame, love and adoration...Especially the latter.
  He had one wife, Rita, but Bob certainly loved the ladies.  He fathered 11 children by several different women.  Hey, no one's perfect.

The best part of this film though, is seeing Bob Marley in concert.  To say he was an extraordinary performer, doesn't even come close.  If Marley was alive today, he'd definitely give 'The Boss' a run for his money.

 Sadly of course, he's not.  Bob Marley died from Melanoma in 1981 at the young age of 36.

My only criticism of the film, is its length...2 1/2 hours...It could have been trimmed by at least 30 or 40 minutes...Having said that, I still whole heartedly recommend 'Marley' to anyone who loves music, regae and of course...Bob Marley.

I gave 'Marley' which opens in theatres April 20, 2012, 4 bagels out of 5...As usual, John disagrees with my rating.  Check out our video to see his thoughts.
'Marley' 'Two Jews On Film' Don't Reach The Same Heights With This Bob Marley Bio (Video) 'Marley' 'Two Jews On Film' Don't Reach The Same Heights With This Bob Marley Bio (Video)

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July 03, 2012
Agreed. This is a 5 bagel story.
 
April 21, 2012
I love docos so I may peep this one day as a rental. I did not know Marley had 11 kids...whoa. I do understand how a doco can become a little redundant. Sometimes interviews tend to be safe.
April 27, 2012
this one is filled with Marley's incredible concerts...It's really, really good. Yep the dude was a player...Never realized what an incredible performer he was
April 27, 2012
on another note - we saw the 'Avengers' Hint...Lots of bagels for that one.
 
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My husband (creator of the cult classic films FACES OF DEATH) andmyself (actress/screenwriter) are ex New Yorkers, see alot of films and usually disagree. So our friends decided that we need a review … more
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