The King trailer: The rise and fall of Elvis and the American Dream

Originally called Promised Land, Eugene Jarecki's (The House I Live In) The King uses Elvis as an allegory for the current state of America, looking at the changes in his career in relation to the evolution of the country itself over the past half-a-century. The highly-rated documentary first played at Cannes last year, so it has taken some time to find distribution and come off the festival circuit. Check out the trailer for The King above to see what you make of it.

Set against the 2016 presidential election, the film takes a musical road trip across America in Elvis Presley's 1963 Rolls Royce. The mission, forty years after the singer's death, is to find the country he left behind – a nation that, like Elvis, started out young, beautiful, and promising, yet succumbed over time to the corrosive influences of addiction, money, and power. It paints a cultural portrait of the American dream at a critical time in the nation’s history. It explores, through music and verité, how a country boy lost his authenticity and became a “King,” while his country lost her democracy and became an empire.

Along the journey a number of well-known faces pop in and out of the Roller to offer their points of view, including Alec Baldwin, Chuck D, Rosanne Cash, Van Jones, David Simon, Ethan Hawke and Emmylou Harris.

The King is getting a mid-June release in the US but no news on a UK release date.

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