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Competing at Oberhausen
444 Ratings

Elvis: Strung Out

Directed by Mark Oliver
Canada, 2018
Short, Music
  • English
  • English
Competing at Oberhausen


Disguised as a straightforward promotional music video, an iconic 1970 performance by a messianic Elvis Presley is transformed by editing and music into a dark meditation on addiction and the hollowness of celebrity culture.

Our take

20th century pop culture wouldn’t be the same without Elvis Presley’s mutton chops and white jumpsuits. This short film—a roaring prize-winner at this year’s Oberhausen—deconstructs the myth of The King through a vibrant montage where wicked pelvis moves and audience lust collide in a feverish trip.

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