SIGN ‘O’ THE TIMES
1987, 85 min, Dir: Prince, Albert Magnoli

Prince’s lofty reputation as a live performer is easily justified by this incendiary concert film, shot while on tour to promote his then-new “Sign o' the Times.” With dramatically staged vignettes linking the songs, the Purple One roars through the bulk of the critically acclaimed double album, fronting a sizzling post-Revolution band including drummer Sheila E.


PURPLE RAIN
1984, Warner Bros., 111 min, Dir: Albert Magnoli

Prince ascended to superstardom with his big-screen debut as The Kid, frontman of rock-R&B band The Revolution. Burdened with a troubled home life, The Kid also must contend with a rival bandleader (a wonderfully charismatic Morris Day) out to steal both his slot at a Minneapolis nightclub and his new girlfriend (Apollonia Kotero). Given the setting, there are plenty of electrifying performances here, and Prince’s Oscar-winning score includes such classics as “Let's Go Crazy,” “When Doves Cry” and the title song.


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