Albert Magnoli

Albert Magnoli (born c. 1954)[1] is an American film director, screenwriter and editor best known for helming the films Purple Rain, Tango & Cash,[2] Street Knight, and American Anthem, and as editor of Reckless.[3]

Albert Magnoli
Born1953/1954 (age 67–68)[1]
Alma materUniversity of Southern California (BFA)
OccupationFilm director, Screenwriter, Film editor
Years active1979–present


For a time Magnoli served as the manager of musical artist Prince.[4] He graduated from the USC School of Cinema-Television[5] in 1981.[6]


In 2019, Magnoli's film Purple Rain was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".[7]



  1. ^ a b The San Bernardino County Sun: July 16, 1984. Quote: "It also marks the first time 30-year-old Magnoli was ever asked to direct".
  2. ^ "Stallone Film Caught in Sony-Warner Battle". Los Angeles Times. November 1, 1989.
  3. ^ "Albert Magnoli". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. 2014. Archived from the original on December 15, 2014.
  4. ^ "Prince Goes Batty". Los Angeles Times. May 28, 1989.
  5. ^ "Noted Directors' Student Films Will Be Featured In USC Benefit". Los Angeles Times. October 5, 1987.
  6. ^ "Purple Rain 30th Anniversary Interview: Albert Magnoli".
  7. ^ Chow, Andrew R. (December 11, 2019). "See the 25 New Additions to the National Film Registry, From Purple Rain to Clerks". Time. New York, NY. Retrieved December 11, 2019.

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