7:15 pm | 1 hr 49 min | R |
Forty years after the death of Elvis Presley, two-time Sundance Grand Jury winner Eugene Jarecki’s new film takes the King’s 1963 Rolls-Royce on a musical road trip across America. From Memphis to New York, Las Vegas, and beyond, the journey traces the rise and fall of Elvis as a metaphor for the country he left behind. In this groundbreaking film, Jarecki paints a visionary portrait of the state of the American Dream and a penetrating look at how the hell we got here. A diverse cast of Americans, both famous and non, join the journey, including Alec Baldwin, Rosanne Cash, Chuck D, Emmylou Harris, Ethan Hawke, Van Jones, Mike Myers, and Dan Rather, among many others.
Praise for The King
“The most insightful and comprehensive profile of the icon ever been captured on camera … [and] a fascinatingly overstuffed portrait of America in decline… the best recent film about how the hell we got here.” — David Ehrlich, INDIEWIRE
“A meditation on the current American crisis . . . The two elements — America and Elvis — come together in ticklish, surprising ways that expand and delight your perceptions… Elvis, after all, may have lost his faith, but the difference between Elvis and America is that we still have time to get ours back.” — Owen Gleiberman, VARIETY
“Hugely moving and enormously bombastic in a way that is pure Elvis.” — Steve Pond, THE WRAP
“Director Eugene Jarecki has built a well-deserved reputation for impeccably crafted, scrupulously researched and, above all, concisely argued and structured left-leaning documentaries . . . THE KING may be his most broadly appealing film so far.” — Leslie Felperin, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
“An engaging, informative and impassioned journey.” — Sarah Ward, SCREEN INTERNATIONAL
“A Rorschach test of a documentary that bombards the viewer with wildly conflicting takes on the meaning of Elvis Presley in American life.” — Jeremy Smith, BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH.