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Independent Lens

The King’s 1963 Rolls-Royce

Independent Lens, The King

Monday, Jan. 28, at 9 p.m.
Repeats Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 3 a.m.

Forty years after the death of Elvis Presley, two-time Sundance Grand Jury winner Eugene Jarecki takes The King’s 1963 Rolls-Royce on a musical road trip across America. From Tupelo to New York to Las Vegas and countless points between, the journey explores the rise and fall of Presley as a metaphor for the country he left behind. What emerges is a visionary portrait of the state of the American dream and a penetrating look at how we got here.

Far more than a musical biopic, “The King” is a snapshot of America at a critical time in the nation’s history. Tracing Presley’s life and career from his birth and meteoric rise in the Deep South to his tragic and untimely end in Hollywood and Las Vegas, “The King” covers a vast distance across contemporary America. Over thousands of miles, diverse passengers join the journey, including Alec Baldwin, Rosanne Cash, Mike Myers and Dan Rather, plus many others.


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