Ep. 169 - Pink Floyd's 'The Wall'
Score Cue Snapshots! • Drama, Fantasy, Music, 27-Jun-2022
There is no question that Pink Floyd's 'The Wall' is one of the best albums ever made. And in true Floyd fashion, the album is one big story which lends itself to be intrinsically cinematic. Alan Parker's incredible interpretation of the record is a perfect example of how true cinema can compliment the music, even if it is used as its foundation of the story. This is the exact opposite of general cinema, where music is added after editing takes place. Ultimately, the result here is a really masterful yet disturbing visual journey of a child who grows up to become a fascist leader. With the music in tow, you get a very unique emotional experience.
This scene in particular contains one of our favorite tracks, 'Comfortably Numb' - something that resonates with us still today. The track itself contains self-reflection, memories, and a disturbing 're-birth' of a soul into evil fascism. The irony is that the constant subconscious environment of war, un-loving parents, bullies, and abusive teachers are the impetus for this end result. Floyd, of course, puts this to music in a melody that can't easily be forgotten.
Listen to the soundtrack: https://music.apple.com/us/album/the-wall/1065975633
Where to watch: https://letterboxd.com/film/pink-floyd-the-wall/
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