Pink Floyd The Wall
This film, like the album it is based on, is a masterpiece, but it's a masterpiece I don't want to revisit very often. Loaded with tons of symbolism and metaphors, The Wall is a haunting and disturbing story about a troubled man named Pink who manifests a wall to isolate himself from the world and his troubles.
At its heart, a rock star named Pink (Bob Geldof) discovers his wife is cheating on him when he calls home one day while on tour, discovering she's with another man .Pink recedes into a shell of his own creation, remembering his troubled childhood with evil schoolmasters ("hey, teacher, leave those kids alone...") and the problems he caused his mother ("mother, do you think they'll try and break... my balls?"), but mostly dreaming about his father who died in World War II ("bring the boys back home!"), a father he never knew. Crazier and crazier ("toys in the attic, he is crazy"), Pink puts up a wall to shield himself from the outside world, finally imagining himself a Hitler-like leader ("if I had my way... I'd have all of you shot!") until his eventual trial for his real and imaginary crimes. The verdict: Guilty. The sentence: "Tear down the wall."Inspired by the album of the same name, director Alan Parker’s revolutionary rock opera traces the troubled past of Pink (Bob Geldof), a depressed rock star at the end of his rope. With the wall as a metaphor for self-inflicted isolation, Pink is lost in despair, feeling trapped and desperately searching for a way out. The Wall’s stylized blend of drama, music and Gerald Scarfe’s brilliant animation earned the film instant cult status
The Wall is also a little too obvious of a reference to the Berlin Wall, but no wall stands so high as the one Pink has built. Directed by Alan Parker (also responsible for the atrocity that is Evita), The Wall is a stylistic and deeply atmospheric drama, along with Tommy the only decent rock opera on film. Set to music by Pink Floyd's Roger Waters (and performed so memorably by the band--the sountrack album rates as one of the greatest musical experiences available), the film also makes absolutely no sense without its songs -- try watching based on the spare subtitles alone and you'll be totally baffled. The blur of images, from extreme close-ups to far-out animations don't help your mind, but that's the point