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I Disagree with the Previous Reviewer 15 Sept. 2008
By Susan Doll - Published on
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I completely disagree with the previous customer who reviewed this book. Finding deeper significance in popular films is always interesting, even if I do not end up agreeing with the author. It stimulates thought and makes me appreciate my favorite films even more; sometimes it pushes me to like films I did not like previously. I think this book is very interesting. I guess it comes down to having an open mind. Also, it is just plain naive to believe that a film can't have deeper meaning just because it was produced as entertainment. Finally, I don't think it is necessary to insult the author just because one disagrees with his views. As an Amazon customer, I don't find that helpful.
Essential study of Elvis Presley film carer 20 Feb. 2010
By websurfer - Published on
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Douglas Brode's aproach to the Elvis Presley film legacy is an important study of the singer's movies and their place in american popular culture.

It's too easy to dismiss the films of Elvis Presley as mediocre examples of Hollywood's genre production during the 1960's, a time when musicals were out and counterculture films were in. However, even if the Presley movies are not what we can conventionally describe as major film works, Jailhouse Rock, King Creole, G.I Blues, Blue Hawaii, Follow That Dream or Viva Las Vegas, make for a respectful body of work among the late Hollywood Classic period musical production.

Interestinlgy, Brode looks at this films as cultural artifacts of a specific period in american history, able to provide the viewer with important clues to understand the cultural climate of 1950's and 1960's.

What's most important to point out, it's that the Presley movies, like so many other films produced as pure entertainment, can be read as filmic texts with a deeper meaning than most viewers would notice at first glance.

Even if I do not share all of mr. Brode's opinions on this subject, the issues he raises in this book are certainlly of great interest to students of american popular culture and Elvis Presley more open minded fans.

Jorge Carrega author of "Elvis Presley e o Cinema Musical de Hollywood".
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Elvis Cinema and Popular Culture 10 Jan. 2007
By Ruth Trznadel - Published on
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Save your money! This author can't be serious! I laughed through most of what he thinks is a serious topic. I have never read such psychobabble in my life. Throughout the entire book he is hung up on the same 2 subjects which are certainly part of the dumb Elvis movies but nothing that any reasonable person would take seriously. The movies were meant to be just fun & nothing more. There is no underlying message in any of those movies. Except for Jailhouse Rock & King Creole, the movies are about the same, just meant for young kids to be entertained by a good looking guy who can sing. This author is just trying to impress readers with his supposed knowledge & his vocabularly. If he sees underlying sexual perversion in an Elvis movie, I'd hate to see how he reacts to the movies of today! He needs to get a life, some movies are just meant for one thing only - entertainment. They don't have to mean anything. Poor guy.
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