“He is a good listener. When you have a good listener you have a good actor.” — Norman Taurog on Elvis

American director Norman Taurog was born in 1899, literally during the first gasps of cinema. What an improbable journey. He was born into a world before cinema had even cohered into an artform … and he ended his career helming 9 “Elvis Movies”, all of which were hits. Taurog’s final film was Live a Little, Love a Little, a completely forgotten “Elvis film” and a wonderful film – I keep pounding the drum for its rediscovery. I wrote about Live a Little in my piece for Film Comment about Elvis as an actor. I also discussed it – among other things – during my talk on Elvis’ movie career in Memphis.

 
 
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1 Response to “He is a good listener. When you have a good listener you have a good actor.” — Norman Taurog on Elvis

  1. Tracey says:

    I love Live a Little. Elvis had quite a bit comedic talent. He’s funniest when he’s at his most disgruntled.

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