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Elvis Cinema and Popular Culture
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Elvis Cinema and Popular Culture

by Douglas Brode
 

Though Elvis Presley's music is widely credited as starting a sea change in American popular culture, his films are often dismissed as superficial. Beyond the formulaic plotlines and the increasingly weaker songs, however, the films are rich with resonance to the changing times in which they were produced (roughly 1955-1970). They were also a means by which Elvis

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Though Elvis Presley's music is widely credited as starting a sea change in American popular culture, his films are often dismissed as superficial. Beyond the formulaic plotlines and the increasingly weaker songs, however, the films are rich with resonance to the changing times in which they were produced (roughly 1955-1970). They were also a means by which Elvis communicated deeply felt autobiographical material to his fan base, although in the guise of lighthearted escapist fare.

This work takes a new stand, maintaining that Elvis's 31 Hollywood features and two documentaries reveal a profound statement from the star and auteur. Analyzing each film in detail and exploring the body of work as a whole, Brode reveals the Elvis persona as a contemporary Candide, attempting to navigate an ever changing social and political landscape.

Editorial Reviews

author, Elvis, or the Ironies of a Southern Identity - Linda Ray Pratt
Elvis fans will welcome Brode's study, which makes the case for more significance in the Presley musicals than most critics have yet seen. You'll never watch Love Me Tender or Spinout the same way again (and again!).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786425266
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
05/30/2006
Pages:
319
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Douglas Brode, novelist, screenwriter, playwright, film historian, and multi-award-winning working-journalist, teaches courses on various popular culture subjects at the Newhouse School of Public Communications, Department of Radio, TV and Film, at Syracuse University. The author of more than thirty-five books on the visual and performing arts, he regularly appears on national radio and TV shows as a special guest.

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