Monday, December 03, 2007

When Caged Mice Cry

While doing a little bit of research for a guide that will go up on Pajiba tomorrow (a guide I think you'll greatly enjoy, for reasons that have little to do with me), I found this amazing paragraph from Vincent Canby's original review of Purple Rain (the movie) in the New York Times on July 27, 1984:
With his mass of carefully tended, black curly locks and his large, dark doe eyes, (Prince) looks, in repose, like a poster of Liza Minnelli on which someone has lightly smudged a mustache. When astride his large motorcycle, as he is from time to time, the image suggests one of Jim Henson's special effects from a Muppets movie: Kermit the Frog on a Harley-Davidson. In the depths of depression, pacing back and forth in his dressing room, he expresses all the pent-up rage of a caged mouse.
This is pretty great, too: "...the movie is so efficiently edited that the story ends sometime before the movie does."

Canby passed away several years ago, but if there are blogs wherever he is (and all of our decent instincts force us to hope there are): Kudos, Mr. Canby.


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