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Submitted by MBergeron on April 19, 2024 – 10:41 amNo Comment

Bob Marley continues to be a major influence worldwide to musicians and music fans a generation after his death. Kevin McDonald’s biopic Marley presents a comprehensive look at the life of the reggae superstar, covering events in his life with a heavy emphasis on his performing years.

From the early-60s until his death from cancer in 1981 Marley recorded songs that literally changed the course of music and this doc gives the viewer a front row seat to the various arcs of his career. Interviews with key participants are mixed with concert footage and historical clips. If you’re familiar with the reggae scene you’ll easily recognize the faces on display: Lee Perry, Jimmy Cliff, Bunny Wailer, Peter Tosh (audio), his wife Rita, his girlfriend Cindy Breakspeare (Miss World 1976), and many others.

Marley flows smoothly no doubt enhanced by the cool melodies penned by the singer. While seldom controversial the film veers into his sometimes strained relation to his many children, as well as his own mixed race heritage. Political turmoil and violence at concerts pop up but only occasionally, and the events show how powerful Marley’s words and music were to Jamaica and eventually to the world. Clips include classic appearances as Marley gained acclaim outside his native country, audio and stills from his last concert in Pittsburg, to his attempt to cure his cancer in serene mountain settings in Europe. This is a documentary that will have a long life.

- Michael Bergeron

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