The King


Sequoia 1 Fri, May 4, 2018 9:15 PM
Film Info
Running Time:109 min.
Director:Eugene Jarecki
Producer:Christopher St. John
David Kuhn
Christopher Frierson
Georgina Hill
Screenwriter:Eugene Jarecki
Cinematographer:Tom Bergmann
Christopher Frierson
Étienne Sauret
Editor:Simon Barker
Alex Bingham
Èlia Gasull Balada
Laura Israel
Cast:Alec Baldwin
Rosanne Cash
Chuck D
Emmylou Harris
Ethan Hawke
Van Jones
Mike Myers
Dan Rather
Print Source:Charlotte Street Films
Ghost in the Machine Films
Note Writer:Shari Kizirian


Handwringing over the outcome of the 2016 presidential election should only be done director Eugene Jarecki’s way, on an extended road trip in the back of Elvis Presley’s 1963 Rolls-Royce, accompanied by a revolving cast of perspicacious celebrities, pithy pundits, and toe-tappable musicians. From a sharecropper shack in Mississippi to Sun Studios in Memphis, and, finally, west to the film studios of California and the casino stages of Vegas, Jarecki's captivating documentary traces Elvis’s rise and fall while outlining the deep fallacies in the story America tells about its greatness. Clear-eyed about Elvis’s unpaid debt to black culture, The King also displays empathy for the man in the grip of a bullying con artist who regarded him as merely a cash cow. If his rags-to-riches narrative is the ultimate expression of the American Dream, Jarecki seems to say, then we as a people should have rethought our mythology a long time ago.

Watch Eugene Jarecki speak at Sundance on the film, courtesy Deadline Hollywood.

Additional Information

Eugene Jarecki is an Emmy and Peabody award-winning director of dramatic and documentary subjects who has twice won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, first in 2005 for Why We Fight (2005) and again in 2012 for The House I Live In (2012).