Memphis to New York and Las
Vegas: a terrific and poignant musical
road trip taking in the sights and sounds
that the legendary Elvis Presley would
have known during his lifetime; along
the way discovering political America
and finding out more about the hugely
talented singer and actor who became
known, justifiably, as The King... WITHOUT
ELVIS TO LEAD THE WAY, music would have missed a beat. One moment there was
no Elvis and then suddenly, there he was: a hugely talented, sexy-voiced, hip-swivelling
tornado set to become known as The King. The impact he had on the times was
enormous; an inspiration to those who followed, including British talents Cliff
Richard, Billy Fury and also The Beatles.
In the compulsive documentary The King, two-time Sundance Grand Jury-winning
film-maker Eugene Jarecki (Why We Fight; The House I Live In) promises
an informative and entertaining ride across America, taking to the road in Elvis
Presley's 1963 Rolls-Royce Phantom.
Blue Suede Shoes and
get ready for a
rock n roll ride
on a unique musical
Phantom passes through Tupelo, Mississippi, visiting the little low-built home
where Elvis Aron Presley was born to Gladys and Vernon Presley on 8 January,
1935, just after his twin brother Jesse was, sadly, stillborn. [Elvis changed
the spelling of Aron to Aaron]. Fans still come from all over the world to see
where The King was born.
Painting a visionary portrait of America, the American Dream, politics and segregation,
the brand new feature documentary The King charts the good and not-so-good
aspects of America. The rise of Elvis from a disadvantaged family to fame and
fortune encapsulated the aspirations of American youth and fast-tracked him
to the Dream. "The most important thing," insisted Elvis, "is happiness."
From Memphis, Tennessee, to New York, taking in Las Vegas, where Elvis performed,
Eugene Jarecki meets interesting people and shares their memories on the way.
He invites fans, musicians and those who knew Elvis on board to talk about The
King, look at the perception of the American Dream today and explore the path
to the 21st Century. Of course, no American road trip would be complete without
paying homage to Route 66.
Among those lucky enough to ride a spell in the Rolls-Royce is a fourteen year
old girl with a voice much bigger than she is, along with her kinfolk band that
makes up Emi Sunshine and The Rain. Emi is an American singer-songwriter from
Madisonville, Tennessee, and has been singing since she was four years old.
Inspired by Elvis, Emi has some very adult opinions!
Jerry Schilling, a very close friend of the charismatic Elvis, talks of his
early days with The King and Ethan Hawke recalls the later Elvis. Jerry Phillips
reminisces about how Elvis impressed Jerry's father, Sam Phillips of Sun Records;
and archive film snippets include Big Momma Thornton singing the original Hound
Dog which, given the Elvis treatment, became one of The King's defining
Others featured include Nashville Record Producer Mark Wright, singer John Hiatt,
music critic Luc Sante, US Political Analyst James Carville; Rosanne Cash, Chuck
D and actors Alec Baldwin and Mike Myers who tells of the impact Elvis
had on Mike's native Canada.
Elvis loved black music and gospel and introduced the music world to his seductive,
hip-swivelling delivery; unbelievably shocking during the 1950s and early 1960s.
Rare archive footage of Elvis expressing his views and Elvis being presented
with a Medallion of Life by the Sioux Indian nation are included in this remarkable
A wonderful trip down memory lane and a snapshot of America as it is today,
The King focuses on the life and the death of a music legend. A great reflection
on both Elvis and his country. Wow… Let's Have A Party: Elvis lives…
Original Score is by Robert Miller, Antony Genn and Martin Slattery; Cinematography
is by Etienne Sauret and Tom Bergmann; Executive Producers are Steven Soderbergh,
Errol Morris, Barbara Biemann, and Rosanne Cash; Producers are Christopher St
John and David Kuhn; Written and Directed by Eugene Jarecki.
* Dust off your Blue Suede Shoes
and get ready for a rock 'n' roll ride on a unique musical road trip as The
King is released by Dogwoof on DVD in the UK on 1 October 2018. Certificate:
15 | Running Time: 109 Minutes (Special Features: 38 Minutes) | Catalogue Number:
DOG393 | RRP: £15.99 | Special Features: Deleted Scenes and Theatrical Trailer.
"Wow… Let's Have A Party: Elvis lives" Maggie Woods, MotorBar
"Just when we thought it was impossible to say something new about Elvis Presley,
documentary film-maker Eugene Jarecki pulls it off…" ****
"Wildly ambitious, thoroughly entertaining and embellished with some snaky moves,
a lot like its nominal subject, Elvis Presley" Rolling Stone
"Brilliant. The most insightful and comprehensive profile of the icon ever captured
on camera" IndieWire