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Under the Cherry Moon

1986

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  • Released to widespread derision, [Under the Cherry Moon and Graffiti Bridge] today enjoy trashy reputations that they come by honestly. Nonetheless, each provides a glimpse into the unfettered creative mind of Prince as it struggles to grasp a format foreign to him. The results are undeniably baffling and scattered, but in their contradictions lie an unpolished, unprotected view of Prince’s personality, artistic worldview, and his well-cloaked self-awareness.

  • A weird tribute to pre-Code comedies made with the pacing and humor of a 1930s production and the aesthetics of a high-minded 80s music video... UNDER THE CHERRY MOON is very certainly a vanity project, with special emphases on vanity and the most academic uses of project as a verb and whatever other terms you can think of that bring out the fact that this is an analysis of fantasy played as straight fantasy self-consciously.

  • Though the plot is cookie-cutter and the chemistry botched, Prince nevertheless does what he does best: make a formula his own. Gender fluidity and queer identity rule the film—Prince and Benton truly deserve each other—and the dialogue is bonkers poetry... How much was Prince and how much was Lambert and Lizzie Borden alum Becky Johnston remains obscure, but the controversy becoming mythology was certainly one of Prince’s greatest talents.

  • There hasn't been a Hollywood comedy with an attitude like Under the Cherry Moon's since I'm No Angel... The flaming creature who calls himself Prince may be the wittiest heterosexual clown since Mae West; black as well as campy, he's even more threatening. Where Purple Rain was angst-ridden psychodrama, Under the Cherry Moonis revisionist Astaire-Rogers; it has the engraved titles and, thanks to cameraman Michael Ballhaus, the elegant black and white cinematography of a Woody Allen film.

  • What I didn’t realize when I first heard “Sometimes It Snows in April” were the origins of the album on which it appears: like Purple Rain, it was a soundtrack to a film starring Prince, but because the movie itself was so maligned it was largely forgotten. To me, Under the Cherry Moon (1986) represents Prince’s unconventional genius just as fully as that incredible song.