Elvis Presley

Elvis & June: A Love Story

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In mid-1956, Elvis Presley had a short but fairly serious romance with Mississippi girl June Juanico, coming to an end as Presley got distracted by superstars, movies, other girls, and ultimately Juanico's marriage to someone else. Serious Elvis fans know the outlines of the affair from it having figured in some biographies, Juanico having written her own account in Elvis in the Twilight of the Memory. Here's an hour-long DVD of the story, told in large part through interviews done especially for the documentary, Juanico herself being the principal interview subject. While this might have its use for very deep Presley fans, those whose interest isn't as obsessive -- not to mention those whose interest isn't primarily in his personal life -- are probably going to find this superfluous. It's basically an account of a fairly typical, fairly wholesome young romance whose mundane details are very important to those who participated, but not too interesting to outsiders, especially since little of controversy or volatility is revealed. Those major Presley fans will appreciate seeing some rare color home movie footage of their man with Juanico, plus some rare photos along the same lines. But there's little in the way of surprise in the story line, in which Elvis comes off as a nice young man with sincere affections who gets waylaid by his fame and his management's ambitions. That may well be basically accurate, and to her credit, Juanico comes across as an intelligent and humble participant in the Elvis saga, not one out to distastefully exploit her fairly brief association with him. Yet as far as illumination on his music and career, there's little to be learned, though it's interesting to hear her describe his hatred of musicals and the recounting of his failure to stand up to manager Tom Parker's condition that he wait a few years before marrying. The non-Juanico interview footage adds memories from her mother, but the segments with well-known Presley sidemen Scotty Moore and D.J. Fontana are brief and unrevealing. Extra features include just a couple minutes of interview material and a photo gallery.