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The King Rated 15

The King

Dir. Eugene Jarecki. USA, 2017. 1h 48m. Starring Alec Baldwin, Ethan Hawke, Chuck D, Tony Brown, James Carville, Maggie Clifford, Emmylou Harris, Lana Del Rey.

Filmmaker and two-time Sundance Grand Jury winner, Eugene Jarecki (The House That I Live In) takes Elvis Presley’s old Rolls-Royce on a road trip across the US. An ambitious documentary tracing the rise and fall of The King as a metaphor for the decline of the American Dream.

‘A documentary as sprawling and brilliant and flawed as the country it traverses, Eugene Jarecki’s “The King” is a fascinatingly overstuffed portrait of America in decline.’ ★★★★★ David Ehrlich, IndieWire

‘The overall merging of the two stories offers deeper insight into the fall of both the King and the country as a whole.’ ★★★★★ Gwen Ihnat, The AV Club