“The King” Presents A Fascinating Portrait Of America Framed By Pop Icon Elvis Presley

Releasing on August 24 is Eugene Jarecki’s feature documentary The King, a film which portrait’s contemporary American history framed around the ups and downs of pop icon Elvis Presley.

The King

The King, a new feature documentary from the filmmaker behind The House I Live In and Why We Fight portraits contemporary American history framed around the ups and downs of pop icon Elvis Presley.

Eugene Jarecki’s film, called the “most insightful and comprehensive profile of [Elvis Presley] ever captured on camera” by Indiewire’s David Ehrlich, presents a fascinating journey across America’s troubled past and present via the life of the king of rock and roll.

Jarecki gets into Presley’s 1963 Rolls-Royce for a music-inspired road trip across the United States. Travelling from Memphis to cities including New York and Las Vegas, Jarecki’s journey of discovery compellingly uses the life of Elvis Presley as backdrop for tracing the ups and downs of America’s history, past and present.

The two-time Sundance Grand Jury winner paints a visionary portrait of the state of the American Dream 40 years after Presley’s death featuring a cast of Americans, both well-known names and people Jarecki finds along the way, to deliver a provocative, insightful and relevant document on the current state of the country.

The King, whose famous faces include Alec Baldwin, Rosanne Cash, Chuck D, Emmylou Harris, Ethan Hawke, Van Jones, Mike Myers, and Dan Rather, will be released in UK cinemas from August 24.

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    Mark Fraser Reply

    Be interesting to see how 1968 is tackled. An out-of-form Elvis started rehearsing his successful NBC comeback show within a week of Bobby Kennedy being killed, while the show itself – which many say significantly helped relaunch his career – came shortly after the election of Nixon. His momentum gathered in 1969 – the year when the Vietnam War reached a peak in unpopularity and Charles Mansion ended the extended summer of love by egging on the brutal slaughters of a couple of LA households. As they say, someone’s meat is another’s poison ….

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