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28 Days of Black Cinema: Day 5


Purple Rain (1984)

Directed by Albert Magnoli

Written by William Blinn, Albert Magnoli

"I'm gonna make you love me." - Morris

The story goes like this: The Kid (Prince) has dreams of making it big in the music industry. He meets and falls for Apollonia (Apollonia Kotero), who has the same dream. Their love affair is inturrupted by Morris (Morris Day) and The Kid's insecurities and personal demons.

You can't deny that the Purple Rain album is probably one of the more perfect albums to ever invade your earballs. But, Purple Rain, the movie, is in no way, cinematic genius. It's more like a 111 minute long music video, which I am ok with. But out of all of Prince's movie-music videos, this is the only you need to subject yourself to. The only "actor" in the movie is Clarence Williams III, who plays Prince's father. All parts seem to be played by people in Prince's band, entourage or on his general payroll.

The movie is a good time. Plus, it's also fun to imagine how many times Prince cussed someone out, on set.

I can't believe it's been over 30 years since this movie's release. Ugh! I'm, so old.

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