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Promised Land

Comparing Elvis’s life and times with everyday existence in Trump’s America, this slyly amusing road movie documentary is a treat for the eyes and ears.

Credits

Dir Eugene Jarecki
Prod Chris St John, David Kuhn, Eugene Jarecki
Scr Eugene Jarecki, Chris St John
USA-Germany
2017
117min
Sales United Talent Agency

This mesmerising and memorable documentary road trip, in a Rolls Royce once owned by Elvis, compares the King’s USA to life in Trump’s America. A picaresque exploration of modern day America, Promised Land depicts the life and mythology surrounding musical icon Elvis Presley, in order to shine a light on the post-Obama, early-Trump state of the Union. Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Eugene Jarecki (Why We Fight, The House I Live In) uses Elvis’ 1963 Rolls Royce to travel across states that not only resonate with the singer’s life but reflect acutely the contrasting facets of contemporary American life. The result is both entertaining and thought-provoking, as actors including Ethan Hawke and Alec Baldwin, and musicians such as John Hiatt and Emmylou Harris join the ride (some even perform in the car). It’s a revealing portrait of lives lived on the highways and byways of the American Dream.

Adrian Wootton

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