Elvis Presley in film: from 'Love me Tender' to 'Change of Habit'
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HF247
Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)
What is the course about?
This online course looks at the films of Elvis Presley and their importance to his career. We will consider how films constructed narratives and characters that would enhance and rely on Presley’s star persona. For example, we will consider how Jailhouse Rock and King Creole construct the loveable rebel, and how this was made to match what had been said in the mainstream media.
We will also analyse the musical genre and how Presley’s film roles fit within the construction of the genre and how his roles adapted with time. Elvis Presley, and especially the films from the late Sixties, have been subjected to criticism, and because of this we will also discuss concepts relating to class.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
• Elvis Presley’s 'stardom'
• The types of narratives used in Elvis Presley’s films
• Performance styles of Elvis Presley
• How modernity is shown on film
• Popular cinema and classism
• The musical genre.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• List key films featuring Elvis Presley, recognising factors that have influenced Presley’s stardom.
• Explain why certain tropes and films are central to the discussion of class in popular cinema.
• Analyse the performances of Elvis Presley in film.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is open to anyone with an interest and enthusiasm for the subject. No prior knowledge is necessary.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Lecture with PowerPoint, viewing film clips, and large group discussion.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There no other costs. Bring a pen and paper. Film extracts will be shown in the course by the tutor, you do not have to obtain them.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Look for other film studies courses on our website at www.citylit.ac.uk/history, culture and writing/film studies.
Ann-Marie Fleming received her PhD in Film Studies from The University of Kent in 2019. She has taught multiple film courses on film history, style, and theory. She has published two articles in the Celebrity Studies Journal and a book chapter in Star Attractions, Twentieth-Century Movie Magazines and Global Fandom.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.