Part of Music City Mondays.
Tue, Aug 3 at 7:30pm: Introduction from film critic Jason Shawhan. BUY TICKETS
Directed by Prince (and an uncredited Albert Magnoli of PURPLE RAIN fame), SIGN O’ THE TIMES showcases an artist in total control of the theatrical execution of his artistic prowess, memorializing 13 songs from the setlist of the European leg of 1987’s Sign ‘o’ the Times tour.
Though originally conceived to be filmed at the end of the tour in Rotterdam and Antwerp, most of the sequences were actually re-shot and expanded upon at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, MN during six days in July of 1987 — where the footage was lip-synced to the audio recorded in Rotterdam and Antwerp.
Sheila E, Boni Boyer and Cat provide rhythmic, vocal and physical pyrotechnics while Sheena Easton appears in a film within a film for her video “U Got the Look” — which was not part of the standard set, but instead a promotional video shot earlier that year in Paris.
Featured songs: Sign O’ The Times, Play In The Sunshine, Little Red Corvette, Housequake, Slow Love, I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man, Hot Thing, Now’s The Time, U Got The Look, If I Was Your Girlfriend, Forever In My Life / It, It’s Gonna Be A Beautiful Night, The Cross.
“Remains the star’s finest cinematic moment, a svelte jolt of everything that captures Prince at his most dazzling…. Watch the movie, and you see exactly how SIGN O’ THE TIMES distills the full breadth of his powers into one divine housequake.” —Elias Leight, Rolling Stone “A visual feast and a permanent reminder of why Prince was one of the greatest live performers ever to grace the stage…. And 30 years later, SIGN O’ THE TIMES remains one of the greatest concert films of all time.” —Andy Healy, Albumism