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Priscilla conclude con la canzone di Dolly Parton spiegata dal regista: ‘Lore è sicuramente… l’attrattiva’

Priscilla conclude con la canzone di Dolly Parton spiegata dal regista: ‘Lore è sicuramente… l’attrattiva’
Erica

Di Erica

05 Novembre 2023, 03:53



Warning: This post contains spoilers for Priscilla.

Summary

  • Priscilla used Dolly Parton’s song “I Will Always Love You” at the end to highlight its feminist themes and how it paralleled Priscilla leaving Elvis.
  • Dolly Parton’s refusal to sell the song to Elvis showcases her autonomy and independence, which resonated with Priscilla’s decision to leave.
  • Parton’s rejection of Elvis wanting to cover her song was a significant feminist move, mirroring Priscilla’s refusal to conform to Elvis’ desires and take control of her own life.

The Story Behind Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You” Explained

Priscilla director explains the significance of the Dolly Parton song heard playing at the end of the movie. Director Sofia Coppola’s latest project tackles Priscilla Presley’s (Cailee Spaney) relationship with Elvis Presley (Jacob Elordi), tracking their first meeting when Priscilla was 14 and Elvis was 24 through their eventual turbulent marriage. It is based on Priscilla’s memoir, Elvis and Me, and explores the power imbalance in their relationship due to Priscilla’s age and Elvis’ stardom.

In an interview with Vogue, Coppola opened up about why Parton’s song plays at the end of Priscilla. The movie had to get creative due to failing to secure the rights to Elvis’ music, but one of the most memorable songs plays at the end, Parton’s “I Will Always Love You,” which Priscilla listens to after asking Elvis for a divorce. Coppola reveals the song was significant because Parton refused to sell it to Elvis and that the song was the right choice for Priscilla’s decision to leave. Check out his statement below:

When I first thought about telling her story, I wanted it to begin and end with her time at Graceland. Obviously I had to show how they met and how she got there, but I knew I wanted it to end with her leaving the gates of Graceland—that image of her driving off to find herself and start a new life was always the final frame.

That was definitely part of it. I knew early on in the script that we had to have that song at the end, and I was so happy that Dolly let us use it because I don’t know what we would’ve used in its place. That song is filled with so much pain and love and heartache, and it expresses exactly what Priscilla felt at that moment in time. She knew it was time to move on despite this well of emotion she still had for Elvis. I also thought it was important to end on a woman’s voice. But I thought that story about Dolly keeping the song for herself was so cool. It’s a beautiful song by itself but the lore was definitely part of the appeal.

It’s quite fitting that Parton’s “I Will Always Love You” made it into Priscilla to highlight its feminist themes, given that the song has an interesting connection to Elvis. Parton wrote and recorded the song in 1973. It was a symbol of independence as it was inspired by her decision to leave her professional partner, Porter Wagoner, and pursue a solo career. “I Will Always Love You” was how she expressed to him that she loved him but that leaving was something she just needed to do.

Hence, the song is already a fitting backdrop for Priscilla leaving Elvis, whom she left because it was in her best interest. However, there’s a bit more to the story. After Parton’s song became a hit, Elvis wanted to record a cover of it. As one of the biggest names in music, it was huge that Elvis wanted her song. Meanwhile, Parton was initially interested in letting him record it until she was told she would have to sign over half of her publishing rights to him. Regardless of who Elvis was, she wouldn’t let him have the rights to her biggest hit.

Dolly Parton later allowed Whitney Houston to cover her song, bringing it to a new level of fame and earning Parton at least $10 million in royalties.

Parton refused to sell it. On the other hand, Elvis loved the song so much that he even sang it to Priscilla when they were finalizing their divorce. It was significant for Parton to staunchly deny signing over one of her biggest hits to a powerful male star. It was a very feminist move to deny him what he wanted. Meanwhile, Parton’s refusal to hand her song over to Elvis parallels Priscilla’s decision at the end of Priscilla as she refuses to concede to Elvis’ whims anymore and takes ownership of her own life.

Source: Vogue

The Story Behind Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You” Explained

  • Priscilla Release Date: 2023-10-01
  • Director: Sofia Coppola
  • Cast: Cailee Spaeny, Jacob Elordi, Dagmara Dominczyk
  • Rating: Not Yet Rated
  • Runtime: 110 Minutes
  • Genres: Biography, Drama, Music
  • Writers: Sofia Coppola, Priscilla Presley
  • Studio(s): The Apartment Pictures, American Zoetrope
  • Distributor(s): A24


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