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Prince's 'Purple Rain,' the only vanity-project autobiopic that matters

Prince's 'Purple Rain,' the only vanity-project autobiopic that matters

If you want to capture "Purple Rain's" raw dandified uniqueness in just one scene it would be this one part, about 57 minutes in, when Prince (who plays The Kid, a slight variation on his pre-fame self) gets to his parents' home, his troubled, abusive father nowhere to be found, and bounces through the house looking for pops. "Where are you?" The Kid shouts with a worried whine in his voice and then demands, "Answer me motherfucker!" OK, but then he stomps one foot and elegantly, angrily, spins 180 degrees in frustration. Then he goes into the basement, where he witnesses his failed-musician father shoot himself in the head. That's Prince's...

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