Rock star Pink Floyd is a tortured soul. Because of his childhood, he has always tried to make meaningful emotional connections to other living creatures. That childhood includes not having a male role model with his father having been killed in the war, his overprotective mother smothering him, and an oppressive school system quashing his natural creativity. Being a rock star, he is often wanted more because of what he is than who he is. The most recent failure in that true connection to someone or something else is his marriage, when on tour, he discovers that his wife back home is cheating on him. His response is to go in the opposite direction, by building a figurative wall around him to isolate himself from the rest of the world, but not before showing graphically his feelings on different gut levels. The question becomes if he or anyone else can do anything to tear down the wall in a meaningful way.Written by
During "The Thin Ice", Pink (Bob Geldof) can be seen floating in a swimming pool. Geldof (who is infamous for his dislike of baths) could not swim, and instead was supported by a plastic body mold in similar manner to that used for the flying sequences in Superman (1978) (some reports claim that it is the one used in Supergirl (1984). This is confirmed in Nicholas Schaffner's 1991 book "A Saucerful of Secrets: The Pink Floyd Odyssey".) See more »
When Pink throws the television out the window before he cuts his hand, he mouths "Take that, fuckers!", but we hear "Next time, fuckers!" (This is corrected in the DVD release of "The Wall") See more »
So ya, thought ya might like to, go to the show. To feel the warm thrill of confusing that space cadet glow. Tell me is something eluding you sunshine? Is this not what you expected to see? If you wanna find out what's behind these cold eyes, you'll just have to claw your way through this disguise!
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The DVD release has footage for "Hey you" that was cut on the theatrical release. Much of this footage was used in other scenes of the movie (a fight between the police and rioters, Pink and the giant wall...) See more »
Disturbing - but is it relevant for today's audience?
A film made in the 80's for children of the 60's.
Pink Floyd's The Wall is arguably the best `rock opera' ever. But the angst and societal issues that the album addresses only seem aged now.
The film, by blending the original music plus skilful re-mixes and new tracks tells a simple story, but the imagery used is dark and disturbing and relates to the social issues of the time. The film was made when the fears expressed in the novel 1984 were still a threat, (as an aside, while the film was being made in England there was a political campaign comparing the then conservative government of M. Thatcher to the Orwellian fascist world of 1984.)
But, as much as I and other members of my generation can relate to this film, does it have a message for today's youth. I think that it definitely does. The issues today may be different from those of the late 70's, but, the sentiment and the dangers are the same. We have huge segments of alienated people, we have bigotry and hate, and we have governments which operate in secret. We have movements that preach rigid conformity and hate, we have religions that have lost the message of caring and we have schools that only want to turn out mindless corporate robots.
In fact, I think that this film, and therefore the message behind the music, is MORE important today. The issues we as a society face now are far more dangerous to personal freedoms than when it was first released.
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