A look at the real Elvis Presley

Archives of photos, vintage film and home movies provide many fleeting, previously unseen images of Elvis Presley in the documentary (right). Priscilla Presley (above), his ex-wife, is the executive producer.
Archives of photos, vintage film and home movies provide many fleeting, previously unseen images of Elvis Presley in the documentary (above).PHOTO: YOUTUBE
Archives of photos, vintage film and home movies provide many fleeting, previously unseen images of Elvis Presley in the documentary (right). Priscilla Presley (above), his ex-wife, is the executive producer.
Archives of photos, vintage film and home movies provide many fleeting, previously unseen images of Elvis Presley in the documentary. Priscilla Presley (above), his ex-wife, is the executive producer.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

A two-part documentary, Elvis Presley: The Searcher, traces the life of the superstar

NEW YORK • There are no fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches, supposedly a craving of the singer. Instead, Elvis Presley: The Searcher, a two-part documentary that begins today on HBO, junks the tabloid trivia to showcase an artist and musician who was both spectacularly gifted and unconscionably misdirected.

Guided by his own ideas and instincts, Presley transformed 20th-century culture in the 1950s. But afterwards, treated by his manager as a commercial workhorse, he spent years making trivial movies and performing as a nostalgia act.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 14, 2018, with the headline 'A look at the real Elvis Presley'. Print Edition | Subscribe