Elvis ’56 (1987), Writer
Nominee, Best Documentary, U.S. Film Festival
Produced for Cinemax in l987 on the tenth anniversary of Elvis’s death, Elvis ’56 was a dream project that teamed Torgoff with the Academy-Award-winning husband and wife team of Alan and Susan Raymond, makers of groundbreaking cinema verite documentaries like An American Family and The Police Tapes. With the full cooperation of Elvis’s estate and RCA, the film focused on a single year in Elvis’s life: the year he went from Sun to RCA and changed the course of popular music forever. Drawing on kinescopes of television appearances and thousands of never before seen photos from the archives of Al Wertheimer--assigned by RCA to follow Elvis for that entire year--the film was narrated by Levon Helm of the Band, which gave Torgoff the opportunity to write the narration in Elvis’s southern vernacular (Levon was from Little Rock, right across the river from Memphis). The result was a film acclaimed as not only one of the best about Elvis, but one of the best ever produced on a rock and roll figure, cited by people like Paul McCartney and Bob Dylan as one of their personal favorites.