It's the end of the 1980s. Prince is 26 years old. Between concerts, he starts to scribble ideas in a purple notebook, laying the foundations for a quasi-autobiographical screenplay.
The story and filming
The film tells his story, that of a brilliant musician weakened by a destructive family environment, and the emergence of a rival, Morris Day.
On the set of the film, the singer showed himself to be a perfectionist, tirelessly shooting the same take over and over until he got what he wanted.
Purple Rain was produced by Prince's producers at the time, Cavallo, Ruffalo and Fargnoli, because the singer lacked that all-important Hollywood funding.
Original sound track
The soundtrack features songs written exclusively by the singer for the film, and the score inspired a world famous studio album, the most famous in his back catalogue, and his biggest success. Prince was at the peak of his career.
The film received the Academy Award for Best Original Song Score in 1985, and the album sold 20 million copies worldwide.