“Before Elvis, there was nothing.”– John Lennon
Historians, curators, artists and entertainers guide us as we discover how Elvis forever changed our cultural landscape. Join the curious!
Saturday, June 29 - 2:00-3:00
Hollywood Elvis: Jailhouse and King Creole
Oak Room West
From his tentative beginnings in the motion picture industry with Love Me Tender and Loving You (1956-57), Elvis demonstrated a willingness to learn the screen acting craft, suggesting a raw talent in a (possible) class with Marlon Brando and James Dean. Join film critic Mike Price and explore the greater challenges that arose with Jailhouse Rock and King Creole (1957-58), both of which raised the stakes on dramatic potential with conflicted roles in keeping with the film noir style. Context is provided in comments from Presley himself, vocal contemporaries and filmmakers of the period. Michael H. Price is author of the Forgotten Horrors series of movie encyclopedias, founding president of the original Fort Worth Film Festival and curator of a new film series for the Fort Worth Library System.
Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests are encouraged to arrive early.
Programs are free with exhibit admission unless otherwise noted.