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Eugene Jarecki, The King, 2017, 4K video, color, sound, 109 minutes. Elvis Presley.

FROM LATE 2015 through the end of 2016, the documentarian Eugene Jarecki drove around the United States in a 1963 silver Rolls-Royce that had belonged to Elvis Presley. Promised Land, the film that emerged from his travels, premiered at Cannes in May 2017. But over the next six months, it was reedited to become The King, its focus more sharply on the titular (by nickname) singer as a sieve through which to filter all the contradictions of America.

Jarecki is the author of The American Way of War: Guided Missiles, Misguided Men, and a Republic in Peril (2008) and the founder of the Eisenhower Project, a public-policy group devoted to antiwar strategy. Among the five other documentary features Jarecki has made are Why We Fight (2005), which uses the Iraq War to examine America’s imperialist drive toward military supremacy, and The House I Live In (2012), which investigates the failure

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