“Will we ever see Elvis in person again?”
People close to Elvis Presley reflect back on his storied life and career, culminating in death by heart attack at the age of 42.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Elvis Presley Films
Having watched all nine of Elvis Presley’s Hollywood dramas listed in GFTFF — as well as his riveting Vegas concert film That’s the Way It Is (1970) — it was both fitting and sobering to end my Elvis run by watching this creatively filmed documentary about his life, which includes strategic snippets of recreated scenes (using actors):
… alongside ample authentic footage from the earliest days of Presley’s stupendous fame:
… to his final challenging weeks. Indeed, it’s the candor of this latter footage that makes one sit up and notice: despite being overseen by his estate, this documentary pulls few punches in letting us know how sick Presley became towards the end of his life, showing heartbreaking evidence of his eventual inability to cope.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Plenty of engaging footage
Yes, as a surprisingly insightful documentary about Elvis’s rise and eventual fall.