Pink Floyd – The Wall is a 1982 British surrealist 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.
Like its musical companion, the film is highly metaphorical, and symbolic imagery and sound are present most commonly.
However, the film is mostly driven by music, and does not feature much dialogue.
Gerald Scarfe drew and animated 15 minutes of animated sequences, which appear at several points in the film.
It was the seventh animated feature to be presented in Dolby Stereo.
The film is best known for its disturbing surrealism, animated sequences, sexual situations, violence and gore.
Despite its turbulent production and the creators voicing their discontent about the final product, the film has since fared well generally, and has established cult status.