5:41 of wasted breath.
Bill O's sympathy for Elvis shows that even a stopped clock can be right twice a day.
Richard Walter was terrible. It helps to have an interest and knowledge of your subject if you are going to comment upon it on television. Walter sounds as if he made his judgements based on an article in TV Guide. "By all reports he wasn't a big reader." Well yes he was by all reports. You can't have a book burning, like the one Parker engineered, without books and it doesn't mean something unless somebody has read, wants to read and cares about those books. Guralnick's book among others shows a man consumed in quest for meaning. As this is largely considered the definitive biography, how could have Walter have skipped it? I hope he has not based a paper upon these conclusions. He tells us that Marlon Brando instead of James Dean was being groomed for the part in King Creole
. Then admits he doesn't really know the story. What great research.
I noticed that there were no clips of Flaming Star
and Wild in the Country
even though they are owned by Fox. The reason being, those clips would provide at least a mild contradiction to Walter's thesis. If you don't address them, there's no reason to explore the contradiction.
Also let's call a moratorium on Elvis movie bashing. It wasn't a towering cinematic career but it wasn't a stream of endless garbage either. There were some real dogs later on- PHS, Easy Come Easy Go, Kissin' Cousins
but most of Elvis' movies were competent Hollywood product like most Hollywood movies. Do the people making these charges go to the movies? Do they watch any movies besides Elvis' movies and Lawrence of Arabia
or Gone With the Wind
? Most movies are like these movies. Maybe age does something but there are many, many movies worse than these, far worse. Even among their period, Elvis' movies tower over the Darin/Dee collaborations (although Come September
is a pleasant light vehicle) or the Avalon/Funicello beach movies and are at least equal to popular but second tier stuff from big leaguers like That Touch of Mink
, Move Over Darling
, or Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation
. And there's a lot of stuff today they easily match or exceed.
Apply the same standards across the board. So you can tell me Blue Hawaii
is nothing but garbage but don't then in the next breath tell me how great a movie you thought Transformers
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