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Roger Waters The Wall (film)


*Roger Waters The Wall*

Concert film of Waters' tour from a couple of years ago, screened as a one-off even worldwide yesterday only. The small cinema I saw it in was only half full, so I guess not much chance of a repeat showing. Which is a pity, because I would go again tonight if I could. And every night for the rest of the week. This was stunning in every level.

Obviously you'll already know if you like the music or not, so I won't say anything about it, except to say it was played almost completely true to the original and the band performances were exceptional all round.

The compelling reason to see the film is for the concert visuals. I've been to a lot of concerts, and I have never seen a spectacle on this scale. The concept, and the technology used to bring it to life, was mind-blowing. I can only imagine what it was like for people in the stadium. At times there was almost too much happening, physical sets being moved about, complex back projections, theatrical band performances, it was too much to take in, even with the well-directed camerawork. Just absolutely incredible, and I feel privileged to have watched it even second hand.

The film ran two-and-a-half hours, so obviously much more than just the concert, but I was expecting some kind of standard "tour" documentary to pad it out. In fact there was nothing like that. The extra scenes were cut-aways to Roger Waters basically driving round Europe and having random conversations with people. I was in two minds about this. Part of me wished they had presented the concert uninterrupted. The other part of me was completely engrossed in the cut scenes, and how they obliquely complemented the music and somehow got you inside Waters' head. The last 20 minutes was a "post-credits sequence" of Roger Waters and Nick Mason sitting in a bar and answering questions sent in by fans. Just this was worth the price of admission.

And the most astonishing aspect of the whole thing? The views of the crowd, packed into an absolutely ginormous stadium (I guess somewhere in France, though I'm not sure). They're all so young. Just kids, half my age. Watching a 70-year-old-man playing 35-year-old music and singing every single word with tears streaming down their faces. Just one more remarkable achievement to add to the remarkable checklist of achievements that The Wall already is.

If they ever repeat this, go and watch it. Even if you don't think you like Pink Floyd's music (what??? emoticon ) go and watch it.

Incredible.

Best film I've ever seen.

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"Music, shorn of labels and standing alone, when it is conceived, composed and performed with love and integrity, can elevate us all."
Jon Lord 1941 - 2012
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I saw the tour 4x. I really wanted to see the film as well, but there wasn't a theater anywhere close to me playing it emoticon
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It´s going to be released in November - as BluRay or DVD sets.

I saw it in cinema - "Simple Facts" with Nick was just great bonus - funny one. Saw The Wall Live twice in Prague, saw the movie and I have to say that live concert sound was a bit better than sound in cinema, but the picture quality is truly amazing and those documentary cuts were great (it seemed like RW´s personal explanation of his life-story), I just have to say that separating Vera+Bring Boys Back Home from Comfortably Numb was odd.
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