From Kevin Macdonald (director of Touching The Void and The Last King of Scotland) comes the definitive doc portrait of one of pop music’s greatest icons! Exhaustively researched, Marley abandons hagiography in order to dig down into the inner core of the story — and to dissolve your own pre-conceived notions of Marley the man. As he speaks to not only the major living players of the Marley-era Jamaican music scene (like Lee “Scratch” Perry, Jimmy Cliff and Bunny Wailer), but also to Marley’s voluminous family members, Macdonald achieves a revelatory depiction of one of the most epic human stories of the 1970s — one full of Bob’s many mistresses and baby mamas, a childhood stint in Delaware(!) and even a near-successful assassination attempt on his life. And to top it off, it’s full of killer rare performance footage, from the Wailers’ first UK TV appearance, to the impossible moment when Marley yanked warring Jamaican politicos on both sides of the party divide onstage during a benefit concert (think Dubya and Obama high-fiving in front of a stadium crowd, and you’ve got some idea of how crazy it is.) No matter whether you’re a casual observer or a hardcore fan — this film will touch you.
Dir. Kevin MacDonald, 2012, 35mm, 145 min.
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