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Thread started 11/20/19 11:46pm

SoftSkarlettLo
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Prince "screwdriving" his cheek in Raspberry Beret video?

If you look at the Raspberry Beret music video, at 3:16-3:17, as he sings "you feel like a movie star", Prince twists his right hand's forefinger on his cheek. To me, it always looked like he was using his finger as a screwdriver and "twisting" into his cheek. Looked painful, to be honest. confused

Is this facial movement influenced by any artist before Prince? I'm asking because I've seen a recent interview with RuPaul, and he briefly did the same thing with his forefinger, twirling it on his cheek. Maybe it's an underground movement or I'm just looking too deep in something that's really not there?

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Reply #1 posted 11/21/19 12:03am

LoveGalore

SoftSkarlettLovisa said:

If you look at the Raspberry Beret music video, at 3:16-3:17, as he sings "you feel like a movie star", Prince twists his right hand's forefinger on his cheek. To me, it always looked like he was using his finger as a screwdriver and "twisting" into his cheek. Looked painful, to be honest. confused

Is this facial movement influenced by any artist before Prince? I'm asking because I've seen a recent interview with RuPaul, and he briefly did the same thing with his forefinger, twirling it on his cheek. Maybe it's an underground movement or I'm just looking too deep in something that's really not there?

Very common hand gesture. https://www.ricksteves.co...n-gestures

Cheek Screw: Make a fist, stick out your index finger, and (without piercing the skin) screw it into your cheek. The cheek screw is used widely and almost exclusively in Italy to mean good, lovely, beautiful. Many Italians also use it to mean clever. But be careful: In southern Spain, the cheek screw is used to call a man effeminate.

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Reply #2 posted 11/21/19 2:12am

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Dear God, expand your mind beyond Prince.

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Reply #3 posted 11/21/19 4:30am

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I’ve always wondered what that meant too.
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Reply #4 posted 11/21/19 7:30am

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It's a gesture that's been around for eons, is more or less universal (not just Italian), and means, "Look at me, aren't I cute?"

And LMAO at it being "painful."

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Reply #5 posted 11/21/19 8:19am

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jaawwnn said:

Dear God, expand your mind beyond Prince.

Exactly! My goodness. Next thing you know they're going to be askiing what are those strange, protective type things Prince was putting on his feet and what is meant by the motion he's doing in the mornings holding that weird, brush like object with a soapy substance on it agitating around his teeth area...

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Reply #6 posted 11/21/19 8:19am

LoveGalore

Genesia said:

It's a gesture that's been around for eons, is more or less universal (not just Italian), and means, "Look at me, aren't I cute?"

And LMAO at it being "painful."



Yeah not sure why that article hones in on it being Italian. But there's shockingly few references to... Whatever you call that gesture on the internet, lol.

I've never actually run across someone who didn't understand it, tbh.
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Reply #7 posted 11/21/19 9:22am

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Prince was a fan of old movies and that motion was popularized by actresses such as Clara Bow who he references in Condition of The Heart.
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Reply #8 posted 11/21/19 9:36am

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Genesia said:

It's a gesture that's been around for eons, is more or less universal (not just Italian), and means, "Look at me, aren't I cute?"

And LMAO at it being "painful."


Outtakes from this video show him writhing in pain after each take of these "cheek screws." Anything for his art I guess.

"That's when stars collide. When there's space for what u want, and ur heart is open wide."
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Reply #9 posted 11/21/19 9:50am

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Genesia said:

It's a gesture that's been around for eons, is more or less universal (not just Italian), and means, "Look at me, aren't I cute?"

And LMAO at it being "painful."




It happens a lot now seems things that have been crossing generational lines for eons doesn't happen anymore there's so much "new" a lot is not being passed along.
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Reply #10 posted 11/21/19 9:56am

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Behind the scenes transcript from the set of the Raspberry Beret video:

Prince: (to the Revolution) I know he's going to ask me for another cheek screw. I don't think I have another one in me.

Director: Prince, we just need one more cheek screw, and we've got it.

Prince: That's what you said ten takes ago!

Director: Well, I mean it this time. Just one more, buddy.

Prince: But it HURTS!!!!!

Director: Art is pain, my friend! One more!

Prince: (to the Revolution) This is it, you guys. One more, and I'm off to find The Ladder.

The Revolution: (Standing there looking at each other nervously, as it's Prince who is directing this video, and he's been talking to himself the entire time.)

"That's when stars collide. When there's space for what u want, and ur heart is open wide."
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Reply #11 posted 11/21/19 10:12am

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jaawwnn said:

Dear God, expand your mind beyond Prince.


THANK YOU! It's the same people who don't know who Clara Bow is. That little cheek thing has been around since movies were a thing. Hell, go watch the Little Rascals. or a Shirley Temple film. But considering who the OP is - I'm not surprised. Next thing you know, they'll be posting about the significance of the shape of Prince's beard.

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Reply #12 posted 11/21/19 10:18am

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SchlomoThaHomo said:

Behind the scenes transcript from the set of the Raspberry Beret video:

Prince: (to the Revolution) I know he's going to ask me for another cheek screw. I don't think I have another one in me.

Director: Prince, we just need one more cheek screw, and we've got it.

Prince: That's what you said ten takes ago!

Director: Well, I mean it this time. Just one more, buddy.

Prince: But it HURTS!!!!!

Director: Art is pain, my friend! One more!

Prince: (to the Revolution) This is it, you guys. One more, and I'm off to find The Ladder.

The Revolution: (Standing there looking at each other nervously, as it's Prince who is directing this video, and he's been talking to himself the entire time.)


lol
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Reply #13 posted 11/21/19 11:30am

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lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol

wow...

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Reply #14 posted 11/21/19 12:20pm

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I'll have a "Shirley Temple", please.

I'm the d.d.!

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Reply #15 posted 11/21/19 1:20pm

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Little known fact: He actually wrote "Screwdriver" right there on the spot, immediately after the first time he screwdrivered himself. But he knew the smart move was to save that song for 30 years, because it was just that good.

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Reply #16 posted 11/21/19 3:08pm

jfenster

jaawwnn said:

Dear God, expand your mind beyond Prince.

its all part of his mimes

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Reply #17 posted 11/21/19 3:12pm

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Next thing they'll be saying the cough was proof he has been sick since even then.

"Climb in my fur."
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Reply #18 posted 11/21/19 6:40pm

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rdhull said:

Next thing they'll be saying the cough was proof he has been sick since even then.


I need to simultaneously high five you and tell you to sit your ass down. LOL

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Reply #19 posted 11/21/19 7:06pm

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Image result for i'll have another screwdriver gif"

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Reply #20 posted 11/21/19 7:19pm

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rdhull said:

Next thing they'll be saying the cough was proof he has been sick since even then.



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Reply #21 posted 11/21/19 10:17pm

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TrivialPursuit said:

jaawwnn said:

Dear God, expand your mind beyond Prince.


THANK YOU! It's the same people who don't know who Clara Bow is. That little cheek thing has been around since movies were a thing. Hell, go watch the Little Rascals. or a Shirley Temple film. But considering who the OP is - I'm not surprised. Next thing you know, they'll be posting about the significance of the shape of Prince's beard.

To be honest, I do know about the early movie days. I'm not going to brag and explain everything I know, such as the silent movie Ben Hur having one of the earliest Technicolor scenes, or that the first Oscars took place in a hotel, not a theatre, and that Wings was the first Best Picture in history. I know about Clara Bow and Louise Brooks and Lon Chavey and Bela Lugosi. And I'm 31.

I'm really insulted that, because I'm a Millennial, people think I'm dumb as rocks and don't know anything about movie history. Then why would I have visited Hollywood last year to visit the original film locations of the Keystone Cops movies from the 1910s? Or look at the original Tramp footprints of Charlie Chaplin at his studios (now Jim Henson Studios)?

I think the blame is on the other Millennials and their upbringing. Not me. I don't want to be insulted for something I am not.

Geez, I'm asking simple questions and I get insulted and verbally attacked.

[Edited 11/21/19 22:37pm]

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Reply #22 posted 11/21/19 10:40pm

anc282

LoveGalore said:

Genesia said:

It's a gesture that's been around for eons, is more or less universal (not just Italian), and means, "Look at me, aren't I cute?"

And LMAO at it being "painful."

Yeah not sure why that article hones in on it being Italian. But there's shockingly few references to... Whatever you call that gesture on the internet, lol. I've never actually run across someone who didn't understand it, tbh.


The article hones in on it being Italian because it is specifically a Sicilian gesture and you usually do that to a little kid whenever they're eating their food as if to ask them if they are enjoying it. Being Sicilian on my mother's side, I can attest to that.

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Reply #23 posted 11/22/19 9:07am

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anc282 said:

LoveGalore said:

Genesia said: Yeah not sure why that article hones in on it being Italian. But there's shockingly few references to... Whatever you call that gesture on the internet, lol. I've never actually run across someone who didn't understand it, tbh.


The article hones in on it being Italian because it is specifically a Sicilian gesture and you usually do that to a little kid whenever they're eating their food as if to ask them if they are enjoying it. Being Sicilian on my mother's side, I can attest to that.


If you're doing it to someone else (like a grandmother doing it to a little kid), it isn't the same gesture and wouldn't have the same meaning. Obviously.

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Reply #24 posted 11/22/19 10:25am

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Funny how we take cultural things for granted and assume everyone are familiar with these kind of things.

I guess I always thought if it as a sort of girly way of simulating or accentuating dimples.

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Reply #25 posted 11/22/19 10:55am

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emesem said:

Funny how we take cultural things for granted and assume everyone are familiar with these kind of things.

I guess I always thought if it as a sort of girly way of simulating or accentuating dimples.


You're right.

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Reply #26 posted 11/22/19 1:15pm

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SoftSkarlettLovisa said:

TrivialPursuit said:


THANK YOU! It's the same people who don't know who Clara Bow is. That little cheek thing has been around since movies were a thing. Hell, go watch the Little Rascals. or a Shirley Temple film. But considering who the OP is - I'm not surprised. Next thing you know, they'll be posting about the significance of the shape of Prince's beard.

To be honest, I do know about the early movie days. I'm not going to brag and explain everything I know, such as the silent movie Ben Hur having one of the earliest Technicolor scenes, or that the first Oscars took place in a hotel, not a theatre, and that Wings was the first Best Picture in history. I know about Clara Bow and Louise Brooks and Lon Chavey and Bela Lugosi. And I'm 31.

I'm really insulted that, because I'm a Millennial, people think I'm dumb as rocks and don't know anything about movie history. Then why would I have visited Hollywood last year to visit the original film locations of the Keystone Cops movies from the 1910s? Or look at the original Tramp footprints of Charlie Chaplin at his studios (now Jim Henson Studios)?

I think the blame is on the other Millennials and their upbringing. Not me. I don't want to be insulted for something I am not.

Geez, I'm asking simple questions and I get insulted and verbally attacked.


Uh huh. You went on about a bunch of stuff I never mentioned. Must've struck a nerve or sumfin'. That whole coy routine is just tired.

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Reply #27 posted 11/22/19 1:17pm

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Genesia said:

emesem said:

I guess I always thought if it as a sort of girly way of simulating or accentuating dimples.


You're right.


Common sense wins the thread, as always! clapping


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Reply #28 posted 11/22/19 1:25pm

jfenster

u do know Prince died and this childish stuff is tired...

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Reply #29 posted 11/22/19 2:01pm

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jaawwnn said:

Dear God, expand your mind beyond Prince.

I'd rather ask "Dear God, is this what the Org has become?"

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