Armond White on Race In The Movies — Prince in movie “Purple Rain” (QUOTE from the Armond White book “The Resistance: Ten Years of Pop Culture That Shook The World”)

1)  PLACES IN THE ART essay -1984-  In this essay, Armond White writes on race in the movies.  Films written about in this essay include “Moscow On The Hudson”, “Sparkle”, “Places In The Heart”, and “A Soldier’s Story”.  In this excerpt, he writes about the Prince movie, Purple Rain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“The real shock of Purple Rain is not Prince’s ejaculating guitar, but that the trashy atmosphere, crude dialogue, and tawdry plot are exciting, enjoyable, and not a racial affront.  Race is the novelty that makes Purple Rain special. 

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“This is the most financially successful movie without a white principal player ever and an achievement that can’t be ignored…”

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“What filmmaker can pretend to American authenticity without using figures as native and entertaining as Prince, Morris Day and Jerome Benton?…”

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“Isolated yet ambitious, Prince has vaulted over the morass in which Black people interested in their movie image usually flounder, stuck in limbo between character and stereotype…”

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 “…Strutting across a spectrum of feminine coquettishness and masculine dynamism, Prince is as incendiary an icon as ever existed on film.  He has Marlene Dietrich’s campy glamour and self-allure, genuine musicianship, and a singing and performance style to match all the musical legends.  Morris Day and Jerome Benton resurrect and refine an…”

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To read more on Armond White’s take on Prince’s film “Purple Rain” and his observations on the movies “Places In The Heart”, “Moscow On The Hudson”, “An Officer And A Gentleman”, “A Soldier’s Story”, “Sparkle” director Martin Ritt, actor Sidney Poitier and Race in Hollywood Movies, purchase a new or used copy of Armond White’s The Resistance: Ten Years Of Pop Culture That Shook The World.

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