One of the earliest music videos, the film shows various pictures of San Francisco in the psychedelic era, with rapid cuts and freeze-frames, and Pink Floyd's music.

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One of the earliest music videos, the film shows various pictures of San Francisco in the psychedelic era, with rapid cuts and freeze-frames, and Pink Floyd's music.

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10 October 1969 (Denmark)  »

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Edited into San Francisco Redux: No. 1 (2008) See more »

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Interstellar Overdrive
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Written by Syd Barrett, Nick Mason, Roger Waters & Richard Wright
Performed by Pink Floyd
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You had to be there
29 August 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Those gullible individuals who believe that "Syd shot this movie" need to get a grip. The only Syd involvement here is on the discordant soundtrack.

"San Francisco" was shown a few years ago as part of a London's National Film Theatre evening of 1960s experimental films, and the film-maker was there in person. He seemed rather surprised when during the Q&A someone asked if there was any meaning to the film. No, he replied, it was part of a series we did pretty much for fun, and we knew the Floyd, and they gave us a soundtrack for this one. And, er, that's it. Maybe the audience was just disappointed to have just sat through an experience akin to standing in front of a stroboscope for 15 minutes, for here is a quarter-hour of dizzying stop-frame images of mid-1960s San Fran, overlaid with colour effects, and all set to an early version of the Floyd's "Interstellar Overdrive". Probably great for back-projection at the UFO Club, as might have been intended at the time, but otherwise file under "you really had to be there".


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