A concert film starring Prince that hasn’t been seen on U.S. television in more than a decade has been acquired by Showtime, where the movie, “Sign O’ the Times,” will begin airing Sept. 16.
“Created as a companion to the 1987 Prince double album of the same name, ‘Sign O’ the Times’ features live performances of songs including ‘U Got the Look’ (with Sheena Easton), ‘If I Was Your Girlfriend’ and ‘I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man,’ in addition to the title song and a striking rendition of the Prince classic ‘Little Red Corvette.’ Much of the film was shot at Prince’s own Paisley Park Studios, as well as on tour in the Netherlands and Belgium,” Showtime said in today’s announcement.
“‘Sign O’ the Times’ captures Prince at a critical juncture in his career, immediately after the disbanding of his group The Revolution and on the heels of ‘Purple Rain’ and ‘Under the Cherry Moon,'” the announcement adds. “Rock critic Robert Christgau declared that the film, directed by Prince, was a contender to rival ‘Stop Making Sense’ as the greatest rock concert movie ever, yet it was never issued on DVD. Prince’s visual and musical passion reigns throughout the 84-minute project, a must-see for anyone seeking a full understanding of the performance legend, whose ‘Sign O’ the Times’ was named the top album of 1987 in Village Voice’s Pazz and Jop Critics Poll.”