Albert Magnoli's PURPLE RAIN & Susan Seidelman's DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN
Albert Magnoli's PURPLE RAIN 35th Anniversary Presentation! (R, 1984, 111min)
This special presentation honors the third anniversary of the death of Prince, who passed away on April 21, 2016. When Prince exploded onto the pop-culture scene in 1984, it seemed there was nothing the purple one couldn't do. The film is basically a feature-length music video, but no musician has ever had a better showcase for his talents. The plot (about the son of an abusive father struggling not to continue the pattern) is just a theme upon which to hang some of Prince's most dazzling songs.
Susan Seidelman's DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN (PG, 1985, 104 min)
Bored New Jersey housewife Roberta (Rosanna Arquette) fills her days by reading the personals and following an ongoing romance between 'Jim' and 'Susan' (Madonna); mysterious drifters who appears to lead the kind of free-spirited lives she can only dream about. And dream she does, until the day she actually shows up at the couple's pre-arranged rendezvous in New York City...and after a bump on the head, a bout of amnesia turns her into Susan and opens the door to intrigue, laughter and love! A stellar supporting cast includes Aidan Quinn, Laurie Metcalf, Will Patton, Steven Wright and John Turturro.
Friday, April 19