Podcast: Filmmaker Says The Life Of Elvis Presley Is A Metaphor For America

Podcast: Filmmaker Says The Life Of Elvis Presley Is A Metaphor For America

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Eugene Jarecki is the director of a new documentary, “The King,” about Elvis and America. Jarecki drives Elvis Presley’s 1963 Rolls-Royce Phantom V across the country (which sold for almost $400,000 at auction), conducting interviews on the contrasts between American politics in the eras of Elvis and Trump.

“We never really stop to think what [Elvis] symbolizes, and who he was, and how he intersected with the life of the nation,” Jareck said. “You look at certain cultural touch stones and you wonder how do they figure into a conversation about [America’s] health.”

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