Under The Cherry Moon

Director: Prince

1986, 98 minutes, 35mm


Program Notes

The Prince filmography goes deeper than Purple Rain. Kristin Scott Thomas stars alongside Prince, and the cinematography comes from the legendary Michael Ballhaus (known for his work with both Fassbinder and Scorsese) in this over-the-top box-office flop shot in the south of France. The soundtrack album, Parade, fared better than the film, selling two million copies and yielding the timeless #1 hit “Kiss.” “It’s strange that so few critics seemed to understand that it’s a silly film, purposefully so, and tried to use their prose to laugh at it—as if Prince weren’t laughing way ahead of them. He was TELLING the joke.” —Jason Bailey, Flavorwire