27 February 2004 | michelerealini
What a pity...
The Elvis Presley films are almost all mediocre and dull, apart just a few exceptions ("Flaming star", "Wild in the country" and the films he made before joining the Army). Well, 5-6 decent or good movies out of 30...
"Clambake" was made in 1967, it is similar to most of Elvis films. We have the handsome guy who sings very well, he's a sportsman or an adventurer, he fights with everyone, and at the end he conquers the love of a girl. That's all. "Clambake" has a silly story, stupid dialogues and stupid humour like the other Presley movies.
It's a pity, a big pity. Elvis was a wonderful gifted singer -even the most mediocre song could sound great with him. His acting was not bad at all -see "King Creole", for example. The problem is that Elvis had always been exploited by his manager, by film producers and promoters. He could have done very good films if directors had used better his talent. Look at Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Liza Minnelli or Barbra Streisand: singers as well who did instead good films (Streisand still does).
In the Sixties (his Hollywood years) Elvis career was strongly declining. After the arrival of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan -the major names- and many other artists, Elvis was seen as old and as outdated. He partially resurrected his career between '69 and '73 (from the fantastic hit "Souspicious Minds" to the famous "Aloha from Hawaii" concert, which was the last really important moment of his artistic life).
As an Elvis fan I think his career had been a long series of missed opportunities. Bad films and endless tours, which contributed surely to his psychological and physical decline, and which prevented him from being an evolved artist.