PURPLE RAIN

Director Albert Magnoli
Year 1984
Starring Prince, Apollonia Kotero and Morris Day
Rating R
Age Policy

18 and up; Children 6 and up will be allowed only with a parent guardian. No children under the age of 6 will be allowed.

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This screening is part of the Alamo's reunion of the cinematic class of 1984!

Over time PURPLE RAIN has aged into completely original and effective piece of modern cinema, but one that's difficult for most viewers to appreciate.

I understand that. Prince’s lead performance; part half-assed attempt at acting, part impeccable melodramatic opus is unlike most anything ever seen in American film at the time. Not only is it original, uninhibited and so stylized that it almost seems like non-acting, but because of these elements Prince, unknowing or not, touches on real emotions.

It’s so appropriate given that his music could be described the same way. His songs touch a primal chord in so many people that they just surrender to them in awe, yet they can’t understand why.

Don’t get me wrong, the film has faults, but Prince’s unrelenting concept stays true. Whether or not you completely buy Prince as a young, talented kid from Minneapolis trying to make it despite his trouble home life, you still accept it.

That’s the beauty of Prince. Whether it’s pop songs, live performances or movies he transcends whatever medium he's workin in and makes it great and most of the time we can’t articulate why. That’s not a bad thing.

In fact that’s something exceptional.

PURPLE RAIN may just be a cheesy story about a kid trying to make it, but it’s the best version of that story possible. Of course it helps that the songs are great, but Prince makes it so much more than it had to be because he makes everything more than it should be…because he’s Prince.

 

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