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Movie was another brick in "The Wall" for Roger Waters

Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

Posted: Monday, September 28, 2015

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Roger Waters wasn't too far into his The Wall Live tour of 2010-13, performing Pink Floyd's 23-times platinum rock opera in its entirety, when he decided it should be the subject of a film.

"It became pretty obvious after doing it for about a year, or even less, that it was going very well and that it was a great show and that it would be absurd not to make a record of it," Waters, 72, says by phone from New York. The tour itself played 219 shows to more than four million fans, grossing record $458.6 million. But "Roger Waters The Wall" -- which premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and will be screened in Theaters one night only on Tuesday, Sept. 29 -- encompasses more than just the production -- during which a large wall is constructed in front of the audience and subsequently broken down -- but adds additional elements to hammer in the anti-war message that became inherent in the shows.

"I had the idea of doing a road trip to visit my grandfather's grave and the memorial to my father in southern Italy," explains Waters, whose ancestors died in World War I and II, respectively. "It took a couple of weeks, and what you see now is the result of all of that work and, happily it is a moving document.

"It engages people but it also moves people and it reflects a lot of my contemporary concerns about the way the politics of the world is organized and even points in some parts to what we might do about of our problems. What a huge responsibility we all have to try and pass on a more humane world to our children and our grandchildren than the one we lived through."

"Roger Waters The Wall" is expected to be released on video and CD later this year with what he promises will be "tons" of extras. That will include a Q&A he and Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason will conduct on the night of the film's theatrical screening, which Waters says will be engaging in its own right.

"Nick's a very funny guy," says Waters who expects his former bandmate's view of "The Wall" is "not much different" than his own. "Interestingly enough, Nick's parents were socialists, as were mine, so we have similar sorts of political backgrounds.

"We're very different people, and of course our perspectives were slightly different as I wrote ('The Wall') and he didn't. But it was a huge part of both of our careers, so there's plenty to say about it."

"Roger Waters The Wall"

8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29.

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