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Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii (1972)

Live versions of the songs, filmed in an old Pompeii amphitheater. Songs included are Echoes (split into 2 parts), Careful with that axe, Eugene, A saucerful of secrets, One of those days, ... See full summary »


Adrian Maben

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Complete credited cast:
David Gilmour ... Himself (guitar, vocals) (as Pink Floyd)
Nick Mason ... Himself (drums) (as Pink Floyd)
Roger Waters ... Himself (bass, vocals, percussion) (as Pink Floyd)
Richard Wright ... Himself (keyboards, vocals) (as Pink Floyd)


Live versions of the songs, filmed in an old Pompeii amphitheater. Songs included are Echoes (split into 2 parts), Careful with that axe, Eugene, A saucerful of secrets, One of those days, Set the controls for the heart of the sun, Mademoiselle nobbs (Seamus, but with Rick's dog on vocals). "Careful" and "Set the controls" are shot at night with minimal lighting, setting a beautiful mood. And the live Saucerful just has to be seen, with Waters jumping around in the sunlight banging the huge gong. The 80-minute version features studio footage from the recordings of Dark side of the Moon, with alternate versions of Us and them, On the run and Brain Damage, as well as interviews with the band. Written by Nils Erichson <isglass@cyberspace.org>

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Release Date:

25 October 1972 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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(original) | (director's cut) | (theatrical)

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo | Dolby Digital (Remix for video release)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


When pink floyd is having breakfast Guilmour asks for a glass of milk but wright en up having it. See more »


In both parts of the song "Echoes", Nick Mason's sunglasses disappear and reappear a couple of times, indicating that the performance in Pompeii was filmed in sections rather than just one take. Or that there were two takes of the song and footage was used from both. See more »


Nick Mason: I'll have eggs, sausage, chips and beans, and a tea.
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Alternate Versions

The new DVD also contains the 'original version' of the film that is in full-frame and only features the music. However, the original version's credits were in French in the same font style as the song titles, which, depending on your opinion, makes the credits seem somewhat polished and tacky. See more »


Referenced in Deftones: Minerva (2003) See more »


Mademoiselle Nobs
(based on the song, "Seamus")
Written by Roger Waters (uncredited), Richard Wright (uncredited), Nick Mason (uncredited) and David Gilmour (uncredited)
Performed by Pink Floyd
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Best Documental/Concert Movie Ever
4 March 2007 | by juancarlos_gmgSee all my reviews

The idea. The scenario. The music. The performance. The Band. The greatest.

I can only say that Pompeii and Pink Floyd talk for themselves. It transmitted me the complete idea of what Pink Floyd is...or was in that time. After seeing this movie every music lover will be you delighted and every Pink Floyd fan will be enlightened (and if you do not like music nor pink floyd at all don't bother continuing reading this commentary).

The songs perfectly match the Greek amphitheatre, the space sequences shown, and every song was PERFECTLY performed, so exact, including the participation of a dog singin the blues in "Mademoiselle Nobs", Roger banging the gong with the sun behind (an amazing picture!!!), the speechless improvising between songs, that leaves you only with the desire of having been there when it all happened.

It also contains some fragments of what was the beginning of the recording of the masterpiece "Dark Side of the Moon" and commentaries by the four, which you'll find very interesting and wise, which give you also the perspective of Pink Floyd by its members.

Buy, beg, borrow or steal...(well, not steal), but see it right away cause Adrian Maben and Pink Floyd really hit the spot in this one.

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