Here’s a real find … the incredibly tasteless, but extremely funny late 1970s short film “He May Be Dead – But He’s Elvis” which mercilessly satirizes the exploitation of Elvis Presley’s death by taking said exploitation into even darker territory. I first read about this film years ago in Greil Marcus’s legendary analysis on American rock / soul music “Mystery Train” (now in a recently updated 6th edition) and while re-reading it the other day, got the notion that this short may be on YouTube.
Again, the humor is pretty sick, but not that far removed than a lot of stuff you see nowadays via reality TV. I can only imagine what this looked like back in the late 1970s. If you have a strong stomach, Dave says check it out.
And while you’re at it, if you’ve never read “Mystery Train,” check that out too.