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Friday, March 23, 2018

"Elvis Presley: The Searcher" Reviewed

Above, jumpsuits on display at Graceland in 2016. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

There have been a number of books and documentaries on Elvis Presley over the years. We're about to see another one.

It will premiere on HBO on April 14 and it is called Elvis Presley: The Searcher. It will be in two parts totaling three and a half hours in length.

The Hollywood Reporter has posted a review of the documentary.

It begins with:
Can it really be true that an Elvis Presley documentary as probing and thoughtful as Thom Zimny's Elvis Presley: The Searcher does not already exist? After decades of home video performance-film releases and docs of varying quality, this two-part, three and a half-hour film feels like a landmark, something that should be welcomed as warmly as the two Elvis books published in the 1990s by Peter Guralnick, Last Train to Memphis and Careless Love. Chipping away calcified layers of myth and caricature to address the psychology behind Presley's career, its seriousness and sensitivity is no surprise to those who've followed the series of documentaries Zimny has been making about Bruce Springsteen. Sure to fare well when it bows April 14 on HBO, it made for a spellbinding big-screen experience at the music-rooted SXSW Film Festival.

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