THE CHILEAN ELVIS

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 10 minutes
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The only film from Chile in this year’s AFI DOCS, it also will be the sole movie to be presented fours times, twice as a lead in to “Bronx Obama,” and twice as part of the “Short Program: Gone Hollywood.” Just the festival logo will get more screen time.

Marcelo Rossi is a man with no friends. With his long sideburns and big sunglasses, everyone in Valparaiso knows him as “The Chilean Elvis,” but, frankly, I think he looks more like Johnny Cash. In this black-and-white & color short from Marcello Kiwi, the spry 77-year-old impersonator is caught on stage, backstage, at home, and in the streets. Always in Elvis-style wardrobe, he chats with the off-screen director about music trends, dance moves, and, of course, his long-dead mentor, the King himself (“He died a fat man.”). He carries around a large sheaf of clippings like a badge (something he probably carried while working for the revenue service).

There are no gimmicks here, just an admirable, barebones slice of impersonatin’ life.



Posted on June 19, 2014 in Reviews by
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