"There aren't many documentaries that see Elvis Presley as the bruised soul of America through fun times and bum times. In fact, there's only one. Formerly called 'Promised Land', this doc - a spellbinder - is now known as 'The King', and filmmaker Eugene Jarecki had the risky but totally riveting idea of taking Presley's 1963 Rolls-Royce Phantom V and outfitting it with cameras. The purpose being to drive the customized car cross-country to the places the King traveled, from New York to L.A., from home bases in Tupelo, Miss. and Memphis, Tenn. (hello, Graceland) to Las Vegas, the capital city of money and glitz of the late-career Elvis (where he performed 'Unchained Melody' - though he was anything but free). Can we learn something about his - and our - country by retracing his steps? Does the young man who sang 'That's All Right, Mama' represent the 20th century promise of a new age? Does the fat Elvis, the one who died on the toilet in 1977, represent the Trump era?" (Rolling Stone)
Creditsdirector: Eugene Jarecki
composer: Robert Miller, Antony Genn, Martin Slattery
producer: Eugene Jarecki, Christopher Frierson, Christopher St. John, David Kuhn
screenplay: Eugene Jarecki, Christopher St. John
Editor: Simon Barker, Alex Bingham, Èlia Gasull Balada, Laura Israel
Cinematography: Tom Bergmann, Christopher Frierson, Étienne Sauret
production company: Charlotte Street Films
More infodialogue: English
subtitles: Dutch subt.
country: Germany - United States of America
EUGENE JARECKI: The Opponent (2000), Quest of the Carib Canoe (2000, TV movie), The Trials of Henry Kissinger (2002), Why We Fight (2005), Addiction (2007, TV movie), The Addiction Project (2007, TV series), Move Your Money (2010, short), Freakonomics (2010), Reagan (2011), Les mercredis de l'histoire (2011, TV series), The House I Live In (2012), The Cyclist (2016, short), The King (2017).