The Enduring Heat: A Summer Film Diary (02 July 2012)

Pinky Floyd The Wall (1990)

I have no doubt that Pink Floyd The Wall was made on music, genius, and gallons of LSD.  Alan Parker’s (Bugsy Malone, Evita) 1990 avant-garde film featuring the music of the band Pink Floyd is a baffling, stark, and frightening take on the inner thoughts of a rock-and-roll star.  It appears to be about a superstar called “Pink” who overdoses on television . . . or women . . . or something.  I’m not sure what.  He has created a hellish prison for himself, imagining himself as an antichristological despot, and then as a victim standing trial for his own freedom.  Death becomes him.  In true avant fashion, there is little narrative or story.  Pink Floyd can best be described as an experience to be reckoned with.

He Ran All the Way (1951)

Here is an underrated film that comes just shy of greatness.  John Garfield plays a man on the run who holds a family hostage in their own apartment.  He resembles the Misfit of A Good Man is Hard to Find in that he has a lot to say and a lot to learn.  Unfortunately, the story is quite predictable and I never felt any of the characters were in peril.  Still, the screenplay is wonderfully tight and the dialogue sizzles.  I suppose it is a story about the grace the hostage family bring to Garfield and the love they show him although he threatens them with a gun.  Ultimately, I think it’s a story about a man who does not know what love is, and the terrible cost of that ignorance.

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