Graffiti Bridge (Sous-titres franais)
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But, like most Prince fans, I'm not exactly normal, and, out of affection for the Skinny MF, I've managed to convince myself that its cinematic incompetence is no more of a bar to the conveyance of its meaning than are the crude colors and flattened perspective of folk art.
I'll go so far as to claim that "Graffiti Bridge" is an endearingly clumsy spiritual autobiography of sorts. Imagine St. Augustine's "The City of God" as written by an unschooled medieval peasant - albeit one with an incredible sense of rhythm. (Unh!) In that light, Morris Day as the unprincipled club owner can be seen not as the Snidely Whiplash-caliber bogeyman he might otherwise seem, but as a Bunyon-esque symbol of Worldly Temptation.
OK, it will help if you're stoned while you watch it. But the music really is terrifically good. (The climactic "Still Would Stand All Time" is a masterpiece of gospel - sung with heartbreaking conviction.) In the booty department: Jill Jones, the lovestruck waitress from "Purple Rain", takes off her panties in the middle of the street for some reason and, elsewhere, there is one thong on display. And Morris, though not given nearly as good material to work with here as he had in PR, still manages to be a comedic nonpareil. ("Let me perform for you my latest masterpiece - 'The Love Machine'.")
If you're reading this, I take it you have an interest in Prince... or at least Morris Day and the Time. The soundtrack CD is really great, and if you really spend enough time listening to it, it kind of paints it's own picture in your mind. I don't know if that sounds crazy, but I bought the CD when it came out-- a couple months before the release of the movie. The music is so detailed and vivid, I imagined what the movie would be like. Ultimately I was dissapointed with how it actually turned out...
"Purple Rain" towers above this movie, and I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that it (purple rain) had a screenwriter and director separate from Prince. With "Graffiti Bridge", Prince bit off more than he could chew by writing/directing/starring. I think there were some good ideas here that definitely needed some shaping.
Morris Day is the scene-stealer, as he was in "Purple Rain", though again I'm not so sure Prince wrote him as strong a part as he deserved. This movie is a semi-sequel to "Purple Rain"-- which was a bad idea. "Purple Rain" had a realistic feel to it. "Graffiti Bridge" has a slightly surreal feel. Plus, unlike "Purple Rain", it was shot almost entirely on soundstages-- resulting in a very set-bound, manufactured atmosphere.
In closing, if you're a Prince fan check it out.
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I now you have never seen any one how really likes prince I use to witch this lots I just have the vhs video Iam glade I got on dvd I still really like its any execellent movie if... Read morePublished on April 12 2013 by Corinna Kress
Listen, if you are Prince fan, I really think that you will enjoy this movie. I have enjoyed so much of his music over the years, so you might it enjoy the music, colors and style... Read morePublished on July 11 2004 by Immanuel7
I have the laserdisc of this movie. The storyline has quite a few problems, the acting also lacks direction. Read morePublished on July 5 2004 by M. Pickett
No no no!!.............Absolutely dreadful drivel. The acting is atrocious, without exception. The sentimentality is nauseating..... Read morePublished on Dec 2 2003
I'm not sure what Prince was thinking with this film. The only highlight (yes only) is that he failed to retouch the song "Joy In Repitition" from earlier sessions... Read morePublished on March 21 2003 by Christopher B. Stratton
I have this video. I never watch it all, I just
fast-forward to the songs.The songs are really good, but the plot of this movie is not. Read more
Anyone who gave this movie anything lower than 4 stars can kiss my a$$, dammit. Prince is the King!!Published on Jan. 25 2002 by B. Grizzle