Pink Floyd – The Wall

Pink Floyd - The Wall

The Memories. The Madness. The Music... The Movie.

19821 h 35 min

A troubled rock star descends into madness in the midst of his physical and social isolation from everyone.

Director Alan Parker
Runtime 1 h 35 min
Release Date 14 July 1982
Movie Rating Excellent

Pink Floyd is a rock star, one of the many reasons which have left him depressed. At the beginning of the film, he appears motionless and expressionless, while remembering his father (“When the Tigers Broke Free, Part 1”). While Pink imagines a crowd of fans entering one of his concerts, but him receiving them in a Neo-Nazi alter ego, a flashback reveals how his father was killed defending the Anzio bridgehead during World War II, in Pink’s infancy (“In the Flesh?”). The aftermath of the battle is seen (“The Thin Ice”), and thus, Pink’s mother raises him alone, which affects Pink’s childhood (“Another Brick in the Wall, Part 1”).

A young Pink later discovers a scroll from “kind old King George” and other relics from his father’s military service and death (“When the Tigers Broke Free, Part 2”). An animation depicts the war, showing that the death of the people was for nothing (“Goodbye Blue Sky”). Pink places a bullet on the track of an oncoming train, and imagines the transportation of Jews in that train. At school, he is caught writing poems in class and humiliated by the teacher who reads a poem which is the song “Money”. However, it is revealed that bad treatment of the students is because of the unhappiness of the teacher’s marriage (“The Happiest Days of our Lives”). Pink imagines a surrealistically oppressive school system in which children fall into a meat grinder. The children then rise in rebellion and destroy the school, carrying the Teacher away to an unknown fate (“Another Brick in The Wall, Part 2”). As an adult now, Pink remembers his overprotective mother (“Mother”), and when he got married. His depressed behavior, however, turns his wife apart. After a phone call, Pink discovers that his wife is cheating on him, and another animation shows that every traumatic experience he has had is represented as a “brick” in the metaphorical wall he constructs around himself that divides him from society (“What Shall We Do Now?”).

Pink then turns to a willing groupie (“Young Lust”), whom he brings back to his hotel room only to trash it in a fit of violence, terrifying the groupie out of the room (“One of my Turns”). Depressed, he thinks about his wife, and feels trapped in his room (“Don’t Leave me Now”). He then destroys his last possessions, and remembers every “brick” of his wall (“Another Brick in The Wall, Part 3”). His wall is shown as being complete, and the film returns to the first scene (“Goodbye Cruel World”)…

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