Once the credits roll and you’re comfortably numb, stumble next door for a prog-rock afterparty with music by the DJs of Viva Radio.
Alan Parker teams with Pink Floyd singer/bass player Roger Waters to bring the band’s groundbreaking, semi-autobiographical two-disc concept album to the big screen: A profoundly alienated rock star (Bob Geldof) slowly reinvents himself as a rock and roll demagogue. To create an overpowering cinematic spectacle befitting the record’s bombastic vision, Parker bought his gloriously sledgehammer-subtle style and stunningly literal visual imagination to bear with all his might. Now everybody sing along: “All in all it’s just another brick in the wall….” (Warning: we’re going to play this one loud.)
Pink Floyd The Wall
Alan Parker, UK, 1982; 95m
Sponsored by Viva Radio with refreshments by Stella Artois.
Film Comment Selects is sponsored by Stella Artois and the National Endowment for the Arts.