Prince’s iconic film Purple Rain has officially been added to the US Library of Congress’ National Film Registry. Entering this year as one of 25 contributions.
The 1984 film which is intrinsically linked to the creation of both the soundtrack album and iconic song of the same name is now having its preservation guaranteed under the National Film Preservation Act.
The rock musical was developed by Prince alongside director Albert Magnoli the film was designed to show off Prince as the lead role as ‘The Kid’. A role he fulfilled with the greatest ease, largely because it was based on him.
The musical movie is set to be archived alongside another musically inclined film as Martin Scorsese’s concert film for the Band The Last Waltz is also being inducted this year. Those films alongside Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It, Kevin Smith’s Clerks and a host more make this year’s induction.
The Library of Congress annually adds films that are culturally, aesthetically or historically important to the registry. the films chosen should aim to show “the range and diversity of American film heritage.” It’s easy to see how Prince’s masterpiece Purple Rain can meet those requirements.