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The King

MAD | Vancity Theatre Screening

Elvis has left the building. The King is dead. So how do we feel about the first immortal rock n roll icon 40 years later? Acclaimed documentarian Eugene Jarecki (Why We Fight) bought Presley’s 1963 Rolls Royce and took it for a spin across America to retrace Elvis’s life, talk to fans, acolytes and non-believers, and figure out if the King’s trajectory from electrifying country bad boy to fat Vegas celebrity tells us anything about where the USA went off the rails.

Greil Marcus, James Carville, Chuck D, Alec Baldwin, Roseanne Cash, Ethan Hawke, Emmylou Harris, Van Jones, Ashton Kutcher, Mike Myers, Dan Rather, Luc Sante, David Simon, John Hiatt and Linda Thompson weigh in.

"A fascinatingly overstuffed portrait of America in decline. In the process, it’s also: a biography of the 20th century’s most famous musician; a story about how a man became king of a democratic nation; a nuanced analysis of cultural appropriation in a multi-racial society; a southern-fried rock n’ roll performance piece; a horrifyingly sober look at the rise of Donald Trump; a closed-casket funeral service for The American Dream; the best recent film about how the hell we got here; and more. So much more." David Ehrlich, IndieWire

"Wildly ambitious, thoroughly entertaining and embellished with some snaky moves, Eugene Jarecki’s documentary The King is a lot like its nominal subject, Elvis Presley." Manohla Dargis, New York Times

"Perceptive, probing and ultimately devastating, The King is for anyone who cares about where this country has been and where it’s headed… The movie’s final minutes come at you like a lightning bolt." Stephanie Zacharek, Time

Aaron Wong will be bringing his Elvis Tribute Act to Vancity Theatre on Aug 3 prior to our first screening of The King. He will be performing in the atrium from 7pm for approx 30 mins.


Director Eugene Jarecki
Country of Origin: USA
Year: 2017
Running Time: 117 mins
Format: DCP
Classification: 19+
Related Links: Website & Trailer
Cast: Greil Marcus, James Carville, Chuck D, Alec Baldwin, Roseanne Cash, Ethan Hawke, Emmylou Harris, Van Jones, Ashton Kutcher, Mike Myers, Dan Rather, Luc Sante, David Simon, John Hiatt, Linda Thompson

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