The color purple: It’s a new movie and an old hue that’s rich in meaning and history

Prince performs during the halftime show at the Super Bowl XLI football game in Miami, Feb. 4, 2007. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara, File)

A woman dressed in purple stands among the tulips during the Canadian Tulip Festival at Commissioners Park in May 2023 in Ottawa. (Justin Tang /The Canadian Press via AP, File)

Phylicia Pearl Mpasi, a cast member in “The Color Purple,” poses at the premiere of the film at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2023, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

EW YORK — “I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it,” Shug tells Celie in Alice Walker’s “The Color Purple.”