Sofia Coppola’s recent dive into the pages of “Elvis and Me: The True Story of the Love Between Priscilla Presley and the King of Rock N’ Roll” led her on an unexpected journey. Initially anticipating a voyeuristic exploration of the famous couple’s relationship, Coppola was instead captivated by the profound and touching narrative that unfolded.
Unexpected Discovery in the Pages
This October, we’re going to Graceland. Watch the first teaser for Sofia Coppola’s PRISCILLA, starring Cailee Spaeny and Jacob Elordi, and based on Priscilla Presley’s memoir ‘Elvis & Me.’ pic.twitter.com/6o31cTEqil— A24 (@A24) June 21, 2023
The memoir, co-authored by Priscilla Beulieu Presley and Sandra Harmon in 1985, unfolds Priscilla’s life from her first encounter with Elvis at the tender age of 14. The narrative navigates the complexities of their subsequent marriage, affairs, divorce, and the unique bond shared with the rock ‘n’ roll legend. Little did Coppola expect that this literary journey would serve as an unexpected muse for her 2023 motion picture, “Priscilla.”
Not Just a Juicy Read: A Moving Tale
What started as an expectation for a fun and juicy read turned into an exploration of Priscilla Presley’s deeply moving and beautiful story. Written in the ’80s, reflecting on her formative years, the memoir sheds light on Priscilla’s high school days at Graceland, a juxtaposition of Catholic school life during the day and the glamorous Elvis world of the ’60s.
A Discovery in Vivid Detail
Priscilla’s detailed account of her life struck Coppola profoundly. The memoir captures the vivid details of her journey, providing an intimate look at her struggles, strength, and the challenges of going out on her own. In an era dominated by powerful men, especially in the ’70s, Priscilla’s choice to carve her path without any income of her own was indeed unconventional.
Symbolic Moments and Unseen Realities
The narrative unfolds with symbolic moments that reflected Elvis’s experiences. One poignant scene, albeit trimmed from an early script, involving Lisa Marie as a toddler playing with spinach, revealed the dichotomy of a loving father against the curated world of Elvis. The messy reality of family life didn’t seamlessly fit into his meticulously curated existence.