Elvis, Man and Myth
Danielson, Sarah Parker
Bison Books Ltd. ,
ISBN 0-86124-664-0 ,
, 0.925 kg
A deeper discussion. Many stunning full page color photos. With poster.
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Their average rating is 6.3.
This book tries to see Elvis' movies in view of classic literature (Shakespeare's plays, classic Greek drama). She also says his movies are closely related to operatic form. Sarah Parker Danielson tries to make the films be more than they really are. That the simple storylines can be compared to classic literature comes as no surprise. The novels had to start somewhere and created some basic plots which we have seen millions of variations on. I think she fails in her experiment because she refuses to see the films as they really are (light fluff made to capitalize on Elvis' image and music.) I may be too harsh in my critizism of the movies. I can see the entertainment value of many Elvis movies. Some have better cinematography than others, some of them are very good movies. And, to end this review, an Elvis film is a musical subgenre in it self. Very nice picture book, though. My rating is for the pictures.
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