On April 21, 2016, the world lost one of the greatest icons in music history. Prince, who became a legend with his works in the 1980’s and 1990’s, passed away at the age of 57. Not only was Prince an icon in the world of music, but he is best known for his work in films during the 1980’s. This tribute attributes to the films Prince had made in the 1980’s.
His film debut, Purple Rain in 1984, is hailed as one of the greatest music films of the decade. The story of his character, The Kid, and his facing obstacles to live his dream of rock stardom, is chronicled loosely on the real story of Prince. The film is also highlighted by the music, in which Prince won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in a Motion Picture. He would release a concert film in theaters in 1987, Sign O’ The Times.
Prince would follow up Purple Rain acting-wise with 1988’s Under the Cherry Moon, in which he played a scheming conman notorious for ripping off rich women who actually falls for his latest target, played by Kristen Scott Thomas (seen above with Prince). Prince also made his feature film directorial debut on the film, which was shot entirely in black-and-white, perhaps as homage to the classic Hollywood films of the 30’s and 40’s. The film didn’t perform as well as Purple Rain. After doing the songs for the 1989 movie adaptation for Batman, Prince would bring the character of “The Kid” back in a sequel to Purple Rain.
Graffiti Bridge, Prince’s last film as an actor in 1990, chronicled the aftermath of Purple Rain. His continued his rivalry with Morris Day (who in real-life was a friend of Prince’s) as they vie to compete for who writes the best song with The Kid’s nightclub on the line. Prince not starred and directed, but wrote the screenplay. The Kid’s band in the film would go on to become Prince’s back-up band in the early 90’s, the New Power Generation.
After Graffiti Bridge, it was clear Prince just wanted to focus on his music, which he did ever so proudly, even when he changed his name to the famous symbol and reverting back to Prince. Prince truly changed the world of music, bringing the Minneapolis Sound to the nation and did what he felt was necessary throughout his career. It was always about the music and his legacy will forever be one to last forever.
World Film Geek sends its condolences to the family of Prince.
Rest in Peace, Prince…you truly are a legend!
Here are the trailers for Prince’s films to pay tribute to this musical icon