A musical? A music video gone large from the golden era of the genre? A loud drama? A little bit of all three. Alan Parker, the film's director, created a highly original work of art from Roger Waters' screenplay. As the music of Pink Floyd builds, the film narrates the personal story of a rock star, Pink (Bob Geldof), and through his memories and fears displays the less lovable face of Albion. The brutal cutting and frighteningly good animation creates the vision of a world where, perhaps, there is something more than just nightmares.
At first it might seem as though The Wall is a personal story of one man's fate, the hellish journey of somebody who builds up walls around himself and slowly becomes incapable of breaking through them. However, Pink's visions actually present an extremely forceful critique of the 1980s: over-the-top uniforms, empty ideas that leave us with only sex, drugs and rock and roll, supercharged consumption, faceless excess and loneliness. In this sense, Alan Parker's film is a very close cousin t...o the earlier films in the current Müpacinema series. It recalls If... in terms of the representation of school and rebellion, and A Clockwork Orange with its premonition of violence, while the uniforms make you think of certain scenes from O Lucky Man! The references to war, on the other hand, bear comparison to parts of Dr Strangelove. Very British, in other words. In fact, viewers may even see the influence of Monty Python, especially if you take into account that Parker's film was made around the same time as The Meaning of Life. And that's without mentioning the meaning of 'The Wall' in the world at the time. Some people will still remember Pink Floyd's 1990 concert, right in the place where the Berlin Wall had stood.
In English, with Hungarian subtitles.
The discussions before and after the screenings are conducted in Hungarian.
Presented by: Müpa Budapest
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