Cinema: Rushes: May 25, 1981

THIS IS ELVIS

When Elvis died at 42 in 1977, he made Frank Sinatra's signature tune his own Top Ten epitaph. "The record shows I did it my way ..." Wrong. As this ghoulishly riveting compilation of public performances (on TV, in movies and concerts) and home movies shows, Presley did it every which way but his. He began as an original—a white man who sang like an angry black and moved like a bad woman—and ended as a bloated amalgam of Liberace and Judy Garland. It was the standard show-biz tragedy, which Andrew...

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