Priscilla Presleys Emotional Reaction to Sofia Coppolas New Elvis Film
The story of her life with the rock star lacks major musical moments because the singers estate wouldnt support the warts-and-all treatment.
You may not think theres a need for two big Elvis Presley movies in back-to-back years, but its hard to imagine a pair of filmmakers with sensibilities as different as Baz Luhrmann, who directed Elvis (2022), and Sofia Coppola, who came to the Venice Film Festival on Monday to debut Priscilla, about the rocky marriage between Priscilla Presley and her famous beau.
Luhrmann is a maximalist, a master of shock-and-awe spectacle in which every new frame is a confetti-crammed party. Coppola is more interested in the intimate: Her settings may be as luxurious as Luhrmanns, but the young women she finds living in these gilded cages are a party of one, desperate for real connection.
Thats a feeling Coppola has explored in movies like Lost in Translation (2003) and Marie Antoinette (2006), and Priscilla finds the filmmaker at the peak of her preoccupations. I dont know why I keep coming back to it, Coppola joked at a news conference on Monday after she was asked about her frequent depictions of girlhood. Hopefully, Ill grow up soon.