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Purple Rain (free, also Feb. 10 at 11 p.m.)

  • Union South Marquee 1308 West Dayton Street Madison, WI, 53715 United States (map)

Many of us are still mourning the loss of our Purple Majesty, Prince. Fortunately, he lives on through his music, and of course as the Kid in Albert Magnoli’s Purple Rain (1984).There is no musical cinematic triumph that can compare to this movie. While it may not deliver the best acting or dialogue, it compensates with gorgeously shot musical montages of Prince And The Revolution performing all of the hits from the Purple Rain album. Prince was arguably at the height of his powers in 1984 after having released Controversy and Dirty Mind. This film is a semi-autobiographical account of Prince’s rise to fame amidst tumultuous family life and the trials tribulations of romance. Beneath the stardom and fame, we see the vulnerability and resilience of a tortured genius who gave the world timeless classics. He faced his demons the best way he knew how and this film sums up some of the best of his body of work. Come purify yourself in the waters of Lake Minnetonka. —Edwanike Harbour

Earlier Event: February 7
Jens Lekman
Later Event: February 9
Laurie Anderson