To meet the real Elvis Presley

With the release of Baz Lurhman‘s film Elvis approaching, it is worth reviewing what I consider the definitive film about the King of Rock: the documentary Elvis, the Searcher. An HBO production, available today on Netflix, is nothing short of spectacular and exciting.

Directed by Thom Zimny ​​and divided into two parts, the documentary traces the musical profile of Elvis Presley and how many of the facts of his poor childhood impacted him artistically and morally. With never-before-seen footage and testimonials from family, friends, and fans (Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen among them), it’s a spectacular journey through the soul of a genius and icon.

Because it is authorized by the family, yes, there are more romanticized parts, but nothing that impairs the quality of the work. I missed a greater explanation of his death, for example, but nothing is “censored” to the point of not being in the documentary.

In particular, the entire behind-the-scenes story of 1968 special, with the images of the king, is spectacular.

When it’s over, you’ll want to listen to Elvis Presley over and over again! Here’s the warning.

And yes, Elvis: The Searcher will be compared to Baz Lurhman‘s Elvis, but Priscila Presley – who authorized and approved both – gives us the assurance that Elvis’ memory is well preserved. He deserves.

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