Elvis With his malevolent spark, Jerry Lee Lewis thus dispatches Elvis Presley's relationship with his controversial manager, Colonel Tom Parker: “Elvis was Elvis because of Colonel Parker, who treated him like a monkey in a cage. I might have been better off with a Colonel Parker, but I'm afraid he couldn't have done with me."
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If a year Elvis ago Todd Haynes' documentary about the Velvet Underground brilliantly reconstructed the birth of one of the sounds that changed contemporary culture, this new edition of Cannes coincides with Elvis, the delirious biopic by Australian Baz Luhrmann about the king of rock and two documentaries by Ethan Coen and Brett Morgen on Jerry Lee Lewis and David Bowie respectively.
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If Jerry Lee Lewis: Trouble in Mind stands out for its virtuoso editing and for reminding the world that the last rock pioneer is still alive (86 years old), Brett Morgen's Moonage Daydream is an immersion in one of the most transformative and luminous figures of pop music, David Bowie.
But the King is the King and Elvis monopolizes all the spotlights of a festival that has reserved for Baz Luhrmann the honors of a blockbuster with Tom Hanks as Tom Parker and the young actor Austin Butler as the myth born in a barracks. Tupelo, Mississippi. Elvis is a baroque and gimmicky biopic that is confusing for those who don't know the story and burdensome for those who do. The kitsch exaltation that the director of Moulin Rouge mounts ends up being a stomach-churning delirium: the sum of Luhrmann and Graceland is simply too much.
But the worst thing about the film is not its predictable extravagance or its (on the other hand, very careful) aesthetics (Miu Miu and Prada clothes, Manolo Blahnik shoes), but how it reduces the life of the musician to that of a kind of superhero of comic destroyed by a villain with a gut and a cigar. The painful infantilization of the character denigrates him to the point of reducing him to a fairground souvenir.
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Luhrmann turns his life into a five-ring circus for children that whitens the human side of him and therefore the dark side of him. Narrated from his deathbed, Parker recalls how the toy was invented, a doll that is obviously what most interests the director of a film that perpetuates the idea of that monkey in a gilt cage for whom even his elders felt compassion. rivals.
Both born in Sam Phillips' Sun Records studio, Jerry Lee Lewis's life is condensed in this film directed by Ethan Coen thanks to a phenomenal editing by Tricia Cooex, Coen's professional partner and wife. Produced by Mick Jagger, Jerry Lee Lewis: Trouble in Mind is a documentary stitched together through archives and documents and with a single voice, that of a man capable of shooting one of his musicians, marrying seven times—the first to at 16 years old and the last one at 73, also doing it in the fifties with a 13-year-old girl, playing the piano in a unique way with his hands, elbows and feet and starting over when, two years ago, after a heart attack, he had to learn to play it again.
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If Luhrmann beatifies the broken puppet in Elvis, Coen unleashes a true torrent where the best and the worst of a human being are mixed. A guy who, through interventions and television interviews, unravels, without going too deep, but offering enough clues, a life that lives up to his nickname: The Killer. To paraphrase Bruce Springsteen, Jerry Lee Lewis “doesn't play rock & roll. Jerry Lee Lewis is rock & roll." A controversial icon who likes to flirt with the hell out of him: "I'm actually a good guy," he says.
Between one and the other, Moonage Daydream, by Brett Morgen, surrenders to the inexhaustible figure of David Bowie. The documentary is a very sensory approach to the complex identity and beauty of a man who embraced transformation and a wandering life. "I am my main experiment," says the musician with a thousand faces, a "collector of ideas and personalities" who sought and found answers in Nietzsche, Buddha and his older brother Terry.
The son of his mother's previous marriage, it was Terry who introduced him to Jack Kerouac, the beatniks and John Coltrane. "That changed my life," says Bowie. His brother, who suffered from schizophrenia, was, despite his constant absences, one of the most important figures in his life. Terry's fragile mental health soon made him realize that he was more comfortable in the chaotic and fragmented. Also that "everything is garbage, and garbage is wonderful."
In a few months we will have Elvis in theaters, a new biopic film about the story behind the King of Rock directed by Baz Luhrmann (The Get Down, The Great Gatsby, Australia, Moulin Rouge).
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This biographical drama explores the life of Elvis Presley from his beginnings in music and his rise to fame to unprecedented stardom, becoming the king of rock.
The film also delves into the complex relationship and dynamic between Elvis Presley and Colonel Tom Parker, his enigmatic manager, as well as the importance of his wife Priscilla Presley in the artist's life.
Luhrmann's work on the film is so precise that Elvis's family has given the film a thumbs up, with Lisa Marie Presley praising how well it reflects her father's life.
To continue to whet your appetite, Warner Bros. Pictures has released the second official trailer for Elvis, which you can take a look at in the video that we leave you a little further down.
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The person in charge of bringing the king of rock to life in the Elvis biopic is Austin Butler, an actor who participated in films and series such as Once Upon a Time in. Hollywood, The Dead Don't Die or Masters of the Air and who we will see very soon in Dunes: Part 2.
In addition to Butler, the Elvis cast includes Tom Hanks (Pinocchio, Finch, Big World News) as Elvis' manager, Helen Thomson (Fires, Bad Mothers, Stupid Stupid Man) as Gladys, Elvis' mother. , Richard Roxburgh (Shantaram, Fires, Missing) stars as his father, Vernon, and Olivia DeJonge (The Staircase, The Society, Stray Dolls) plays Priscilla Presley.
Completing the cast are David Wenham, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Dacre Montgomery, Luke Bracey, Xavier Samuel, Kate Mulvany, Natasha Bassett, Charles Grounds, Leon Ford, Josh McConville, Adam Dunn, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Gareth Davies, Elizabeth Cullen, Melina Vidler, Yola, Christopher Sommers, and Gary Clark Jr.
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Baz Luhrmann's long-awaited project that will bring Elvis Presley to life in a film has already taken shape. The film opens next week at the Cannes film festival, in the south of France, and will hit theaters in the United States at the end of June (in Spain its premiere is scheduled for July 1). Now you have been able to see more images of its actors characterized and their style of the sixties. And, as it has been announced this Friday, Miuccia Prada has been the designer in charge of a good part of the looks of the protagonists.
Through her two clothing firms, Prada and Miu Miu, the Italian dressmaker has made the sketches and designs for Austin Butler, who plays Elvis; Tom Hanks, in the role of his agent, Tom Parker —it was precisely on this shoot that Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, contracted covid-19, in March 2020—; and Olivia DeJonge, who plays Priscilla Presley. For the rock and roll star, dressed in Prada, opt for fitted suits, in colors such as brown or maroon, with large lapels and details such as sunglasses or colored belts. For her, from Miu Miu, for chiffon dresses, very short skirts, campaign pants and sequins. All to help characterize the characters without falling into the grotesque or disguise.
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This three-way collaboration between Miuccia Prada, Baz Luhrmann and costume designer and producer Catherine Martin is renewed after the three already brought to life the clothes for two films by the director: those of The Great Gatsby, in 2013, and the that Leonardo DiCaprio wore in Romeo + Juliet, in 1996. "Something that reflects Prada's multidisciplinary attitude through a creativity that is nourished by a constant dialogue with the universes of art, cinema and architecture", explained the firm Italian in a statement.
Baz Luhrmann revealed that he considered Harry Styles for the role of Elvis Presley in his new movie Elvis in an interview with Australia's Fitzy & Wippa radio show, but ultimately felt the former One Direction heartthrob's stardom would go against the grain. movie narration.
"Harry is a really talented actor. I would work on something with him, [but] the real problem with Harry is that he's Harry Styles," Luhrmann said. "He's already an icon. Harry and I got to a place, genuinely I mean, he was desperate to get into the suit and explore. He's a great spirit and I only have great things to say about Harry Styles."
Luhrmann has repeatedly said that he did not discover Austin Butler, the film's lead, through a traditional casting process, but rather that fate brought the young actor to him.
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"He found me," Lurhmann previously said in a note with the EW site. "I got this videotape of this young man in tears playing 'Unchained Melody' and I thought, 'Wow, what is that? How is that happening?' And then I got a call from Denzel Washington, who cold-called me. I didn't know Denzel. And he said, 'I just worked with this guy on stage. I've never seen a work ethic like this.' And I I'm like, 'Okay, I have to see it.' Honestly, I put him to the test, but he lived Elvis. What he's managed to do is not impersonation, but living Elvis, to the extent that he's humanized him."
In making Elvis, Luhrmann intended to cast someone who could bring out the singer's humanity, rather than caricature or do an imitation. He wasn't interested in a biopic so much as a bigger story about American culture that uses Presley as a means to discover deeper truths.
"His life fits beautifully into three acts," Luhrmann said. "There's Elvis the punk, if you will, the original punk rocker, the rebel. Then there's Elvis the filmmaker, and that's when it's pop and family. And then there's '70s Elvis, which is epic. The Apocalypse Now of musicals It's what I've joked about calling the movie, and that's the '70s period. It's so long and beautiful, but it's powerful. It's a pop cultural opera in three acts."
Elvis Presley was not just any American, not just any person, not just a simple rock star. He was more than that, the messiah of syncretism, the channel through which the winding tributaries of blues, country and rock passed, sweeping away the cries of black culture and the sediments that reached white tradition.
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A singer who was devoured by the insecurity that gave him fame and uncontrolled fortune, never before seen in a musician, which were driven by his eternal manager, Tom Parker. Now the turbulent relationship between the two will come to light next June, under the vocals of Måneskin and the approval of Presley's only daughter, Lisa Marie, and it couldn't be any other way than with the most defining name, Elvis.
The film, produced by Warner Bros. Pictures, will premiere on May 25 at the 75th Cannes Film Festival. It will be Austin Butler who will direct the spectacular interpretation of the singer directed by Baz Luhrmann (Romeo + Juliet, The Great Gatsby), while Tom Hanks will play the manager of 'The King', Colonel Tom Parker, and the Australian actress Olivia DeJonge will appear as Priscilla, his only daughter.
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This version will tell the story of the Rock 'n' Roll legend, following the Hound Dog musician from his childhood in Tupelo until his death at age 42. But he will also put his critical gaze on the impact that a figure like Tom Parker had on the life of the musician.
"The film explores the life and music of Elvis Presley, seen through the prism of his complicated relationship with his enigmatic manager, Colonel Tom Parker," reads the synopsis.
"A story that delves into the complex dynamic between Presley and Parker over the course of more than 20 years, from Presley's rise to fame to his unprecedented stardom, against the backdrop of the changing cultural landscape and the loss of of innocence in America. At the center of that journey is one of the most significant and influential people in Elvis's life, Priscilla Presley."
Elvis Presley: 44 years of an unsolved
Tom Parker (Holland, 1909) was dazzled by the presence of Elvis on stage and in 1955 signed a contract to be his representative and official manager that would take the singer to the top. Many accused him of exploiting and eroding Presley's talent. But the truth is that without Parker, Elvis might have remained just an obscure rockabilly figure with no national impact.
Parker engineered a complicated deal between Hill & Range Music, RCA Records and Sun Records to sign RCA for nearly $40,000, and Presley became the biggest star in popular music in a matter of weeks. Since then, Parker did nothing but dedicate himself completely to Elvis, receiving up to a third of the income from the concerts the singer gave in 1972 and half of these after 1973.
Elvis's death led to Parker's retirement, which he did in the most quiet way, although retiring with a whopping 2 million after selling RCA Records in 1983. But before that, he was trying to continue managing his estate, although he failed in such endeavor. due to legal conflicts with the administrators of the artist's estate and against Priscilla Presley, ex-wife of the singer
Presley's daughter gives her approval to the film
Lisa Marie Presley (Memphis, 1968) has also wanted to comment on the role that her father has been given in this film. The also singer has been very positively impacted by Austin Butler's interpretation of which she has said that «her performance of her is unprecedented and is finally performed with precision and respect. If he doesn't win an Oscar for this, I'm going to eat my own foot haha," adding, "You can feel and witness Baz's pure love, care and respect for my father throughout this beautiful film, and ultimately It's something that I and my children and their children can be proud of forever."
The film is currently scheduled to hit theaters on June 24, 2022. Although for now, it is awaiting the pre-premiere at the largest Film Festival in Cannes.
Måneskin, the co-star of 'Elvis'
Being the winner of Eurovision 2021 has meant for Måneskin his takeoff to international music. The Italian band took advantage of the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Turin held on May 14 to reveal their collaboration in the new Elvis movie. They will be the ones to give voice to If I Can Dream
The group, made up of Damiano David, guitarist Victoria De Angelis, bassist Thomas Raggi and drummer Ethan Turchio, have had a breakout year since taking home the Eurovision trophy. In addition to appearing on Saturday Night Live and the Coachella Festival, they have just released a new single, Supermodel, on which they worked with Swedish pop king Max Martin. And if that were not enough, they have also agreed to participate by putting the soundtrack to Elvis's life: "We felt a great connection and decided to take advantage of it," David said on Saturday about working with Luhrmann. "We're so proud of what we've done, and we can't wait to see it."
We continue to discover new details about the Elvis movie that will hit theaters on June 24. The biopic centered on the rock legend's career from Warner Bros. Pictures and Oscar-nominated filmmaker Baz Luhrmann; and starring Austin Butler and the Oscar winner, Tom Hanks, will have a great luxury "poster" as far as its soundtrack is concerned.
As reported by NME this week, the level of the musicians who are going to take part in the film is exceptional. In this way we will find category names such as Eminem and Cee Lo Green, who will perform together on a theme, as well as Swae Lee and Diplo. Also, other confirmed artists are Maneskin, Doja Cat, Jack White, Stevie Nicks and Tame Impala.
The film's own official account on social networks made this announcement, publishing a photograph with all the names and the following text remembering the rock star: "'Do something worth remembering', Elvis Presley. Featuring original songs and recordings from #ElvisMovie, only in theaters June 24."