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Call it a psycho drama or a rock opera, this reach into the dementia of a young man raised in post W.W.II England is a classic no matter how you categorize it. Rarely has a movie succeeded in reaching so far inside the psychology of its main character while simultaneously taking on heavy philosophical, political, and sociological themes. The lyrics of Pink Floyd's best selling album establish a framework of a man removing himself from society while portraying society as a thing worthy of removing one's self from.
This movie is not a collection of videos to go with the famous album The Wall written by Roger Waters and David Gilmore. This epic trip grinds inside a mind going mad--is it really, or is the rest of the world crazy, and an honest mind fries in the face of real-world insanity? Every further step toward insanity, every new brick in the wall, happens simultaneously with fascist acts by a world that just won a war against fascism. The dichotomy is unsettling to the viewer who is taken on this journey through memories, reality, dreams, and the drug induced mixtures of the three, into the genius of the character (reportedly based on Sid Barrett). -- Scott Supak, BMP
"So ya thought ya might like to go to the show. To feel the warm thrill of confusion, that space cadet glow. I got me some bad news for you, Sunshine. Pink isn't well, he stayed back at the hotel, And he sent us along as a surrogate band. We're gonna find out where you fans really stand. Are there any queers in the theatre tonight? Get 'em up against the wall. -- 'Gainst the wall! And that one in the spotlight, he don't look right to me. Get him up against the wall. -- 'Gainst the wall! And that one looks Jewish, and that one's a coon. Who let all this riffraff into the room? There's one smoking a joint, and another with spots! If I had my way I'd have all of ya shot." ---Pink Floyd, In the Flesh from the CD The Wall
The following review of the CD The Wall shows why the movie and CD work so well together. The great music needs the movie to put the plot into perspective.
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