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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