A boy born in Tupelo went on to become the biggest singing star of all time – Elvis Presley. Much has been written about him. Even some film biographies done. This latest one, done with the full support of his ex-wife Priscilla Presley and access to the entire vault/collection at Graceland, directed by Thom Zimny (Springsteen on Broadway, The Ties That Bind) and aired originally on HBO focuses on the influences that shaped him as an artist, never-before-seen photos and film footage from private collections, and interviews with Priscilla Presley, session musicians, producers, engineers, directors, and other musicians like Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Emmylou Harris, and Robbie Robertson.
We follow his life from childhood up until the final 1976 Jungle Room recording sessions. Three and a half hours of the story of Elvis and his life. Details come to light which probably were not even known by his biggest fans. Goes quite in depth and shows a side of the man and musician not many would have seen previous. We learn of how he was influenced at a very young age by African American music, the true nature of his relationship with his manager Colonel Parker, Elvis in the army, his film career and how he did not want to make most of the pictures he did, and his love of gospel music.
This is a film which Priscilla Presley stated she always wanted to be made. A film in which she feels the true Elvis, the real musician, is shown here. After all is said and done, you will have a new respect for his talent and fall in love all over again with the man.
-In Conversation with Priscilla Presley, Thom Zimny, Jerry Schilling and Scott Goldman