Monday, December 3, 2007
Throughout this week I will be paying tribute to another one of my favorite films with a series of posts honoring some of its stars, its soundtrack and finally the film itself. Michael Curtiz's KING CREOLE (1958) is one of the definitive films of the fifties, and possibly the best film that Elvis Presley ever got to make. Originally written for James Dean, this Harold Robbins adaptation features incredibly evocative black and white photography, striking on location in New Orleans direction by CASABLANCA mastermind Curtiz, a killer soundtrack and Elvis Presley giving the best performance of his life. It also features one of the best roles of one of the great often forgotten stars of the period, Dolores Hart, as well as solid early supporting work from Walter Mattheau and Carolyn Jones.
The film career of Elvis Presley is often snickered at by critics and many film fans, but it should be remembered that this is a cinematic legacy that has influenced filmmakers ranging from Ranier Werner Fassbinder to Quentin Tarantino and actors from Christopher Walken to Asia Argento. There are a lot more vocal Elvis Presley film fans than most casual fans have a clue about, and I will be posting on some of them as well.
I have started a new poll focusing on some of Elvis best leading ladies that I hope everyone will participate in. I also hope everyone will enjoy the upcoming posts. Regular postings will continue throughout the week as well.