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The Wall, the anti-conformist anthem of Pink Floyd is broadcast on France 4


REVIEW – The rock opera directed by Alan Parker in 1982 features the eponymous album of the psychedelic group.

"We don't need no education"


This hymn against conformism, which isolates people more than it brings them together, inspired Alan Parker to create the film adapted from the Pink Floyd double album, released in 1979.

The Wall

is composed by Roger Waters and David Gilmour.

A final collaboration before the divorce of the two musicians.

The feature film was even presented at the Cannes Film Festival in 1982 and received two BAFTAs, Best Sound and Best Song.

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The main character of this conceptual score is a rock star named Pink who isolates himself behind a metaphorical wall.

A school system that crushes its youth to bring it to heel, the heartbreaking love stories, the giddy headlines of fame and the drugs that go with it, are all bricks that build the prison that Pink, under the features of Bob Geldof, built around him.

Roger Waters alter ego

Some recognize in this figure the late Syd Barrett.

Founding member of Pink Floyd, whose consumption of LSD led to madness.

He left the group, which continued to pay tribute to him thereafter, in 1968. Others see in it the conflicting relationship that Roger Waters maintains with celebrity.

Pink, who would then be his alter ego, is presented as a political leader whom the fanatical crowd acclaims.

A fascist whose body language is reminiscent of the Hitler salute, surrounded by an army of giant hammers.

The character, and surely his creator, hates himself to the point of inflicting a cruel lawsuit at the conclusion of the feature film.

Like the hero's procrastination,

The Wall

mixes present and past, real shots and sequences of psychedelic animations, in a great musical maelstrom.

To see this Wednesday, March 22 on France 4.

Source: lefigaro

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