In Under the Cherry Moon, Prince tries to direct too, giving himself a lot of closeups kissing but hardly any of him singing. What is left is a trite story about a rich girl and a poor musician (Prince) that's set on the Riviera and shot in, of all things, black and white.

In Under the Cherry Moon, Prince tries to direct too, giving himself a lot of closeups kissing but hardly any of him singing. What is left is a trite story about a rich girl and a poor musician (Prince) that’s set on the Riviera and shot in, of all things, black and white.

Before shooting began, Prince reportedly fired director Mary Lambert (who has retained the dubious distinction of having credit as ‘creative consultant’ and took over the set.

Story has less plot than the average music video, featuring Prince as a pianist at a Nice hotel and Revolution back-up singer, Jerome Benton, as his friend Tricky. After a half-hearted rendezvous with a wealthy woman (Francesca Annis), Prince sets his sights on meeting a young, wealthy woman.

Through the newspaper, he finds out that young, beautiful Mary Sharon (Kristin Scott Thomas) is about to turn 21 and come into her $50 million trust fund. He meets her, they fall in love, and Dad (Steven Berkoff) gets his thugs to rid his sheltered daughter of Prince.

Film was shot in color (at the insistence of Warner Bros.) with prints in black and white (at the insistence of Prince) on location in Nice, and comes out looking about as flat and uninteresting as a newsreel from the 1930s about vacationing in the south of France.

Under the Cherry Moon

Production

Warner. Director Prince; Producer Robert Cavallo, Joseph Ruffalo, Steven Fargnoli; Screenplay Becky Johnston; Camera Michael Ballhaus; Editor Eva Gardos; Music Clare Fischer; Art Director Richard Sylbert

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1986. Running time: 98 MIN.

With

Prince Steven Berkoff Francesca Annis Kristin Scott Thomas Jerome Benton Alexandra Stewart
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