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98 minutes
Miscegenation fantasy, for which our hero must regressively pay the price (or is he simply too wonderful a prince to live?). Rock star Prince directs himself (1986) as a Cote d'Azur gigolo romancing an inaccessibly rich French lass, and the Marienbad pretension hangs thick and heavy over everything—the glossy black-and-white cinematography (by After Hours's Michael Ballhaus), the would-be elegance, the relentless dissociation of image and meaning (though for Prince, dissociation and linearity are the same thing: every impossible scene invites a literal reading). But why pick the wings off flies? At least Prince's narcissism is easier to take than Stallone's or Rob Lowe's: he doesn't regard the rest of the world as an insult to his estimable self. With Jerome Benton, Steven Berkoff, Alexandra Stewart, and Kristin Scott-Thomas.

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