The Wall on Film


Pink Floyd – The Wall is a 1982 British live-action/animated musical drama film directed by Alan Parker with animated segments by political cartoonist Gerald Scarfe, and is based on the 1979 Pink Floyd album of the same name. The film centers around a confined rocker named Pink, who, after being driven into insanity by the death of his father and many depressive moments during his lifetime, constructs a metaphorical (and sometimes physical) wall to be protected from the world and emotional situations around him. When this coping mechanism backfires he puts himself on trial and sets himself free. The screenplay was written by Pink Floyd vocalist and bassist Roger Waters.


Having read the book about Pink Floyd, it was fortuitous that this movie came to TV at the same time. Much of the shock and impact of the film remains. Gerald Scarfe’s animations are still brutal and relevant. The main thing that ages the film is the stereotype of the drug addled rock star.