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Pink Floyd: The Wall

A movie directed by Alan Parker

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Poetic expression of music and psyche

  • Jul 23, 2010
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Perhaps the most famous account of musician-turned-filmmaking, Roger Waters, screenwriter, of Pink Floyd's astoundingly unique artfulness shines on the screen in this psychedelic blur, beautifully synced with the infamous album The Wall (1979) and directed and produced by Alan Parker.

The poetic quality of this film should be sharply noted. The intricacies of the symbolism are so intense, and always open to interpretation. I'd like to say that the nature of this film leaves its meaning ultimately the decision of the viewer, though the rough plotline is as follows:
Our protagonist is Pink. References in the movie make it probable that Waters' creation of the character was in relation to himself. As the film flips through the happenings of Pink's life story, we begin to sense he is losing his mind, the feeling becoming more and more apparent via psychological symbolism - the animated scenes near the end bursting with often frightening poetic quality. Marching hammers and beautifully mating flowers are among the most memorable moments during the acid trip-esque animated climax. Pressure builds throughout the film, everything leading to the metaphorical breaking of a wall. 

My expectations were most definitely exceeded as a huge Pink Floyd fan and would recommend it wholly to those interested in the art of the music. It is rewarding to witness additional layers and elements of not only a musician's complete artfulness, but perhaps the psyche behind it all as well.

My favorite crossover work of all time. 10/10


 

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July 25, 2010
Great description. I can agree that this one of the best .. if not, the best crossover work.
 
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Quick Tip by . July 26, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
I am not from the era but I loved the music and, because I like to seek out unconventional stories and story telling, I also liked this movie.
review by . March 20, 2002
posted in Movie Hype
Pink Floyd's: the Wall is a visual and lyrical extravaganza. Color's, the lack of colors, drabbness, and isolation all reign free in the world of a rock singer named "Pink." The movie plays in crazy animation sequences, ear drum jarring music, and depressing premises to display feelings of insanity and loneliness. Pink surrounds himself with objects both mentally and physically due to harsh pains in his past that are told in glimpsing flashbacks.The Wall is not for people who must have an immediate …
review by . February 12, 2002
posted in Movie Hype
Pros: music, visuals, and strangely enough - the story     Cons: sometimes a tad bit bizarre, to say it nicely     The Bottom Line: It's strange, but the music is there and if you shove the unusual visuals aside, a story as well     Of course, being a member of the Floyd culture, it was required that I watch this movie. A strange one to be sure and probably better viewed when first released instead of in this day and age. Actually, for …
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Loosely based on the life story of Syd Barrett, Pink Floyd's original front man (who was kicked out of the band for his bizarre and disturbing behavior only to go insane shortly thereafter), PINK FLOYD: THE WALL stars Bob Geldof as Pink, a mentally damaged man who has gone from a hopeful child artist to a burned-out rock star drifting away from reality. As Pink festers in his hotel room, elements of his abusive childhood come back to haunt him until he begins to descend into absolute madness. <br> <br> Director Alan Parker's intense and fully realized film interpretation of the English band's classic album THE WALL melds whimsical fantasy with dark Shakespearean drama. The film makes innovative use of sets, costumes, and special effects to create a unique surrealistic strangeness worthy of Luis Buquel and Salvador Dali's UN CHIEN ANDALOU. Both disturbing and bedazzling, PINK FLOYD: THE WALL is a must-see film for any music lover.
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