Pink Floyd: The Wall

Friday, April 10 - Saturday, April 11, 2015

Chosen by Sean R., floor staff! 35mm print

“Pink Floyd fans are going to find PINK FLOYD: THE WALL pretty cosmic; employing almost no dialogue, it uses fantasies, animation and assorted psychedelic froufrou to flesh out a rock album more enthusiastically than any film has since Tommy. …the story of Pink, an English rock star who sits traumatized in his Los Angeles hotel room. The weight of the world is on his shoulders. He is sick of sex, drugs, fame and the other drawbacks of his style of life. He is weary and alienated and self-destructive.

“So he daydreams about warfare, about his Mum, about the wife who left him, about facism and about -this part is animated, by Gerald Scarfe – flowers engaged in angry sexual congress. Each of the rotten things that has befallen him is, as the lyrics of the Pink Floyd song put it, ”one more brick in the wall”…

“THE WALL is a shameless all-out assault on the senses, rising to crescendos of grandiose fantasy. When Pink (Bob Geldof) thinks of battle (his father died in war), he imagines dozens of bleeding corpses and equates combat soldiers with fans charging into a concert. After he flies into a fit and wrecks his hotel room, he arranges the bits of records and drugs and smashed guitars in beautiful little patterns, as if this were a shrine. When he thinks of himself as the tender young Pink, it is with the greatest of reverence. When he envisions an all-powerful Pink, he sees himself as a Nazilike dictator.” – The New York Times

  • Country UK
  • Rating NR
  • Year 1982
  • Running Time 95 minutes
  • Director Alan Parker

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