Americans (Mer-kins) - Elvis Lives

1988, 26:15 minutes, colour, English


Mer-Kins is a look at a cross section of the people of the United States from the point of view of a Canadian. It was shot entirely using 8mm home video during a trip through the States in a 1963 Studebaker Hawk. More than twelve hours of footage was recorded on this thirty day adventure (from Ottawa to Hollywood and back.) It is a collage of people, places and events that they encountered. It is designed not to convey hard facts about the U.S.A. but to capture the essence of its culture in vignette form.

Regard canadien sur les Etats-Unis, Americans a été tourné en format 8mm domestique au cours d'un voyage Ottawa-Hollywood dans une Studebaker Hawk 1963. L'oeuvre prend la forme d'un assemblage de vignettes.
Dans la vignette musicale Elvis Lives, Mullington et Eagan proposent une continuité à l'existence du "King," une prolongation iconique en quelque sorte. Mais le personnage n'est finalement reconstitué que pour être enlevé par des extra-terrestres, illusion créée par l'intégration d'images générées par ordinateur à des scènes tournèes à Graceland et à Memphis.

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