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When Doves Cry

1984        Prince


9/105 ratings

directed by:
Prince


When Doves Cry opens with white doves emerging from double doors to reveal Prince in a bathtub. It also includes scenes from the Purple Rain film interspersed with shots of the Revolution performing and dancing in a white room. The video's final portion incorporates a mirrored frame of the left half of the picture, creating a doubling effect.


genres:

avant-pop
Experimental Pop
minimal
neo-psychedelia
Soul


top lists:

Insider's Most Iconic Music Videos of All Time
Parade's Best Music Videos of All Time

Critics’ Takes:

“From the first moment doves fly through a door and a camera zooms in on Prince in a bathtub, viewers know that the video is not going to be simple. ” – Anjelica Oswald, Insider

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