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Pink Floyd: The Wall (1982)

Cast: Bob Geldof, Bob Geldof, Christine Hargreaves, more...
Director: Alan Parker, Alan Parker
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Studio: Sony
Genre: Cult, Foreign, UK, Musicals
Running Time: 95 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Inspired by Pink Floyd's album of the same name, Pink Floyd: The Wall is a dark, expressionistic musical, told from the point of view of Pink, a depressed rock musician. The film is structured around Pink's reflections on his life, all of which center on the building of "the wall." This wall is a metaphor for psychological isolation, a barrier Pink creates to distance himself from his pain. The foundations for this wall are lain in childhood, with the death of Pink's father leaving him to be raised by an overprotective mother and a repressive school system. He seeks freedom from this world through writing and music. However, even after he achieves success as a rock star, the wall continues to grow, with Pink feeling trapped by fame and wounded by his failed personal relationships. Lost in despair and self-loathing, he attempts to isolate himself from the world entirely. Director Alan Parker approaches this material in a highly stylized manner, mingling animation and dream-like sequences to suggest Pink's perception of the world. These techniques complement the almost constant music, which the film often uses in place of dialogue. Songs include "Another Brick in the Wall" and "Comfortably Numb". ~ Judd Blaise, All Movie Guide

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groundbreaking early music video by fyrekracker August 16, 2006 - 1:04 PM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
Some of the videos in this movie were responsible for MTVs early success in its infancy.The music is unbelievable and the cinematography some of the best ever put to music.This is a great testament to what the human hand could do with animation versus the overuse of CGI found today. Yes there are animated sequences throughout this movie, but the transitions used are well timed and thoughtful.This is a story about a rock stars (named Pink) life and the "walls' that he has built around himself.We get to experience his difficulties growing up in war time England, and his subsequent spiraling out of control in adulthood after achieving stardom.The sound on this version has a hiss when played at high volume, but the 5.1 sound does put you right in the mix of things.Every music fan should see this..the song writing and visuals are stunning!

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