Since February, I’ve been slowly (slowly) making my way through Elvis Presley’s filmography. The more I read about Elvis and his movies, the more necessary I feel it is to put together a post that briefly looks at his entire filmography. (Translation: I’m tired of tracking down various subpages on Wikipedia.)
There are essentially four key periods in Elvis’ film career. From 1956 to 1969, Presley starred in 31 films. 27 were released in the 1960s. I’ll wait while you process what a ridiculous number of movies that is.
What’s interesting about Elvis’ film career is that you can see how much and how quickly both the film and the music industries changed during this decade. I think David Thomson sums up Elvis’ music and film careers perfectly: “Is there a greater contrast between energy and routine than that between Elvis Presley the phenomenon, live and on record, and Presley the automaton on film?”
I have decided that watching every Elvis movie is a good idea. There are 31 movies – all musicals – in total. This project will likely drive me insane.
I was initially concerned about Loving You. The only copy of the movie I could find was on YouTube (with an added bonus of Spanish subtitles) and that was looking like my only (terrible) option. (Of course. I have never watched a movie that has been broken up into 12 parts on YouTube.) Fortunately, I prevailed and watched Elvis Presley’s second film. Please feel free to thank me at the end of this post. Continue reading “The Elvis Files: Loving You (1957)”