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Cinefamily to honor Prince with 35-millimeter screenings of ‘Purple Rain’

Cinefamily to honor Prince with 35-millimeter screenings of ‘Purple Rain’

A crowd pays tribute to Prince inside the club First Avenue in Minneapolis, where "Purple Rain" was shown late Thursday (Renee Jones Schneider / Star Tribune / Associated Press)

A crowd pays tribute to Prince inside the club First Avenue in Minneapolis, where “Purple Rain” was shown late Thursday (Renee Jones Schneider / Star Tribune / Associated Press)

Often regarded as Prince’s crowning achievement, his album and film “Purple Rain” is -- through the hazy lens of 2016 -- ridiculous, overwrought and full of enough leaden dialogue to sink the film into the waters of Lake Minnetonka.

But taken as a document of the artist at the peak of his powers, it’s essential, even astonishing in moments, most visibly in its performances from Prince and his band. Whether you were there in the ‘80s as the movie captivated pop culture or somehow missed seeing the movie the first time around, L.A.'s Cinefamily has you covered with a series of screenings going into this weekend that serve as a fitting tribute.

And if you don’t get chills leading into Prince performing the film’s title track, check to make sure you’re still with us too.

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