The real story the movie doesn’t tell


    Companion Beatriz Martínez says in her review of ‘Elvis’ that “The director [Baz Luhrmann] he plays with textures in his own demiurge manner, with rhythm and narrative times, and adapts the changes of time to the protagonist’s own impulses, in an intense existential range that It ranges from innocence to the perversion of fame, disappointment and agony.

    But, although Luhrmann has captured in such a satisfying and visual way the political and emotional changes throughout the life of the king of rock, as in every biopic there are situations that have been “retouched” or omitted for the sake of the show.

    The keys to ‘Elvis’ include its discovery by the promoter, Colonel Tom Parker (played by Tom Hanks in the film)who became Elvis’s manager, Elvis’s rise to fame, his film career, and his marriage to Priscilla (Olivia DeJonge).

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    The film also doesn’t shy away from the darker side of its story: Parker’s controlling influence, Elvis’s growing reliance on prescription drugs during his years performing in Las Vegas, and his tragic untimely death, aged just 42, in August 1977.

    Both Elvis’s ex-wife, Priscilla Presley, and his daughter Lisa Marie Presley have praised the biopic.and Priscilla wrote in a Facebook post that “it’s a brilliantly and creatively told true story that only Baz, in this unique art form, could have delivered,” while Lisa Marie weighed in on ‘Elvis’ Instagram saying the movie “is nothing short of spectacular“.

    Of course, despite its 159 minutes, ‘Elvis’ does not present all aspects of the life and career of Elvis Presley and some important details are missing in the storyespecially Elvis’s relationship with Priscilla.

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    The true story of ‘Elvis’ and Priscilla

    The film shows Elvis and Priscilla meeting in Germany in September 1959.when he was stationed there during his two years of service in the US Army.

    That part is true: Priscilla lived in Wiesbaden (in what was then West Germany after World War II) because her stepfather, an Air Force officer, was stationed there, and she met 24-year-old Elvis at a Forces party. But what ‘Elvis’ (which already has a release date on HBO Max) overlooks is that Priscilla was only 14 years old at the time.

    At first, my parents said that I shouldn’t go out with Elvis, that he was too young., which was true. My mother felt it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and besides, she wasn’t hurting me. She finally convinced Dad to consent to her.”

    Another theme that is omitted from Luhrmann’s film is that of the infidelities. Not those of Elvis, which are mentioned, but those of Priscilla herself, confessed by herself in her memoirs ‘Elvis and Me‘. She had a brief affair with a dance teacher named Mark in 1968 while Elvis was filming, and then a longer affair in 1972 with karate instructor Mike Stone in the months before her divorce from the singer.

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    ‘Elvis’ and Nixon, in the director’s cut?

    In December 1970, Elvis met with President Richard Nixon at the White House to present the President with a letter expressing concern about the state of the US:

    Drug culture, hippies, SDS [una organización activista estudiantil]the Black Panthers, etc., do not consider me their enemy or, as they call it, ‘the establishment‘. I call it America, and I love it. Sir, I can and will do whatever service I can to help the country.”

    In the letter, he asked Nixon if he could become a “Federal Independent Agent“to help fight the war on illegal drugs.

    While there is no transcript of what Nixon and Presley actually said to each other at their meeting, an attendee who was present, as reported by Time, noted that Elvis said he thought that the Beatles (whose songs he had previously covered on stage) they had been a force for the anti-American spiritto which Nixon agreed.

    Although the meeting has already been the subject of a fictional film (‘Elvis & Nixon’, with Michael Shannon as Elvis and Kevin Spacey as Nixon), Luhrmann filmed his own version of the historic meeting between the president and the king.“I had it [en la película] for a while, but there comes a point where you can’t have it all, so I just tried to trace the spirit of the character,” Baz Luhrmann told Radio Times, further stating that there is a director’s cut of ‘Elvis’ over 4 hours that he hopes it will ever come to light. Although, if you were left wanting, while it comes out you can take a look at these movies to see if you liked ‘Elvis’.

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    Colonel Tom Parker and his true story

    The character of Colonel Tom Parker, played by Tom Hanks, is the other great protagonist of the film. And Luhrmann, in his eagerness to turn him into a kind of antagonist, ignores several of the achievements he achieved by and for the singer from Tennessee.

    For example, it is not true that the manager pressured Elvis to tone down his sex appeal. According to Alanna Nash, journalist and author of the biography ‘The Colonel: The Extraordinary Story of Colonel Tom Parker and Elvis Presley’ in an interview with Variety, “Elvis took care of what Elvis did and the Colonel took care of what he did the Colonel. He liked that Elvis did what drew people to the big top.Listen, this guy wasn’t dumb! Parker loved that Elvis was like a male stripper… Like the daring girls at carnivals. That sold tickets!”

    Nash also denies that Parker was under pressure from the government to prevent Elvis from corrupting the youth, as the biopic suggests: “That is total and unequivocal nonsense, a complete fabrication in the movie. It is true that he worked closely with the Pentagon, but to plan Elvis’s military career and post-army concert to raise money for the USS Arizona memorial.”