A Different Perspective
Sofia Coppola’s Priscilla takes a unique approach in portraying Elvis Presley’s ex-wife, Priscilla Presley. Unlike other depictions of the iconic figure, Priscilla is shown from a distance, as a silhouette, highlighting the inability to truly see and understand the man she was entangled with.
A Decade of Priscilla’s Life
Based on Priscilla’s memoir, Elvis and Me, the film follows her journey from meeting Elvis at a young age to leaving him in her twenties. It explores her coming-of-age and the realization of the constraints that came with being the object of Elvis’s affection.
Priscilla embodies Coppola’s signature style, with soft visuals and muted pastels reminiscent of Lost in Translation and Marie Antoinette. The film presents Priscilla as youthful and delicate, juxtaposing her against the opulence of Graceland.
The Allure of Being Elvis’s Bride
For Priscilla, being adored by the most worshipped man alive seemed like the ultimate romance. As a teenager with no serious relationship experience, she relished in Elvis’s attention, even though she spent her days waiting for his return, unaware of his actions or whereabouts.
As Priscilla matures, her perspective begins to shift. She gradually realizes the need for independence and questions her role as Elvis’s muse. The film showcases this changing mindset through contrasting sequences and dream-like montages.
The Tragic Love Story
Priscilla offers a poignant exploration of the relationship between Elvis and Priscilla, suggesting that their love story had elements of tragedy. Priscilla’s decision to leave Elvis is portrayed with an unsettling coldness, reflecting the difficult task of letting go of her teenage fantasy.