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Purple Rain (1984)

Classics at the Browning

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 8:00PM
Browning Cinema

Directed by Albert Magnoli
With Prince, Apollonia Kotero, Wendy Melvoin, Lisa Coleman
Rated R, 112 minutes, DCP

When rawboned Prince brought mascara, ruffles, and purple to movie theaters in the mid-1980s, he changed how the nation viewed masculinity, funk music, motorcycles, and Minneapolis. Along with its eponymous studio album, Purple Rain made Prince ubiquitous and became a common touchstone for tributes after his death.

In Purple Rain, Prince plays The Kid, a Prince-like singer, who attempts to overcome an abusive home with an overly bold father and a mother who’s difficult to satisfy. Music is his refuge, and his band, The Revolution, battles back rival bands while Prince finds inspiration and love inside and outside the concert hall.

Free for Notre Dame students.

Sponsored by the Meg and John P. Brogan Endowment for Classic Cinema.

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