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 »
Longer than a music video, shorter than a feature film, this is essentially a short film version of Pink Floyd's album "The Final Cut". As such, the visual material is much the same as a ... See full summary »
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
The lyrics sung by Pink as he huddled in the bathroom stall later resurfaced in the songs "Your Possible Pasts" on Pink Floyd's follow-up album "The Final Cut" and "5:11 AM (The Moment of Clarity)" on Waters' first solo album "The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking". Waters had originally offered the other members of Pink Floyd the concepts for "The Wall" and "Hitch Hiking". They chose "The Wall". Waters would go on to record and release "The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking" himself as his first proper solo album in 1984. It would only reach #31 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart and generally flop with the critics. Rolling Stone's Kurt Loder, who had given a glowing review to the otherwise maligned "The Final Cut", trashed "Pros And Cons" as a "static, faintly hideous record" and that "you could count the actual melodies here on Mickey Mouse's fingers." He added that David Gilmour's "About Face" album, which he had given a modest, unenthusiastic three stars, assumed "new luster in comparison to this turkey." The album received an abysmal one star, thus proving the rest of the band right when they had rejected it in favor of "The Wall". See more »
The direction of the merry-go-round changes just before young Pink is put on it. 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 Wall is one of the best albums/movies ever done
What can you possibly say except that this movie is amazing?
"The Wall" is one of the few movies out there that has a powerful effect on the people are receptive to its message. Told with practically no dialogue, the only guide to the bizarre, frightening, and strange images is the incredible music by Pink Floyd, from their equally good double album. A considerable number of the songs were re-recorded for this movie, and one song (the heart-wrenching "When the Tigers Broke Free") was added. The new versions of the songs are sometimes worse than the album (Waiting for the Worms), and sometimes better (Mother, In the Flesh).
"The Wall" isn't a pleasant movie, nor is it a simplistic or banal movie. It is brutal, cynical, and disturbing, but it has moments of flesh-tingling beauty and an uplifting message in the end, if you persevere. I recommend both it and the album to anyone who enjoys a powerful movie. In my opinion, "The Wall," along with a few other albums, represents the pinnacle of rock music.
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