Prince in concert was a sight to behold. But "Purple Rain," as a film, offered something different: a cult of personality. On a movie (and, especially, a television) screen, the music could be more intimate, but the star was larger than life. It seems contradictory, but Prince managed to be both.
MTV, which has been airing Prince music videos nonstop all day, will air "Purple Rain" at 4:19 and 9:30 p.m., Pacific (sandwiched between more Prince videos).