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Elvis Presley: The Searcher (2018)



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A two-part profile of Elvis Presley begins with his early life in Mississippi; his first encounter with Sun Records Sam Phillips; tours of the South; and his decision to sign with a national label after his manager, Col. Tom Parker, bought out his contract.


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HBO's three-and-a-half hour Elvis Presley: The Searcher ... is an evocative documentary without malice.

April 16, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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When the subject is the specific sound of Elvis's music - the component parts and how they ultimately combine and fuse - The Searcher is an absolute banger

April 13, 2018 | Full Review…

Elvis Presley: The Searcher is an art documentary, one supposes, and such things might be considered immaterial, if only the film weren't so selective otherwise in integrating the personal with the musical.

April 13, 2018 | Full Review…

Elvis Presley: The Searcher convincingly finds what Elvis may have been looking for.

April 13, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

The question The Searcher asks is whether fans expected too much of Presley. As the documentary points out, there was no precedent for how an "aging rock star" behaved, pre-Elvis-because there'd never been a rock star like him before.

April 13, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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Here is Elvis, rehabbed at last and brought down from his lofty and lunatic afterlife as an icon, reminding us that he was once just a man.

April 13, 2018 | Full Review…

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