This is a repeating eventaugust 18, 2018 4:45 pm
Filmmaker Eugene Jarecki has made his bones with incisive, bold, ground-level documentaries about charged, political topics. On the surface, it might seem an unusual choice to turn that powerful
Filmmaker Eugene Jarecki has made his bones with incisive, bold, ground-level documentaries about charged, political topics. On the surface, it might seem an unusual choice to turn that powerful and courageous vision toward a topic like the life and death of Elvis Presley. But Jarecki’s ambitious film The King wants to show you the history, the conflict and the politics, inherent in a character like Elvis — and to do it by touring the country in Elvis’s own Rolls-Royce.
The film tells the story of a poor little boy who became a king: Elvis’ penniless childhood and rough upbringing, his contentious early performance of African-American music, the peaks of his stardom and the valleys of his addictions and dissolution. But it ties that story to the country that made Elvis Elvis, the only country in the world where his story could have happened, and connects the meteoric rise and just-as-rapid downfall of the King to America’s own years at the pinnacle (and what it costs to get there), and its own time in the wilderness of decadence and chaos. Full of famous guests, woven together from beautiful footage from all around the US, The King is much more than a biopic of a musician; it’s a document of slow-motion, self-inflicted regicide writ large.
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