On this day in 1982, the movie premiere for Pink Floyd’s The Wall was held at The Empire, Leicester Square in London, England. The movie had differing reviews, including a puzzling reception from one film critic.
Alan Parker, founder of the Director’s Guild of Great Britain, said of the film, “I remember seeing Terry Samuel there, who at the time was head of Warner Brothers, sitting next to Steven Spielberg. They were only five rows ahead of me and I’m sure I saw Steven Spielberg mouthing to him at the end when the lights came up, ‘What the f**k was that?’ And Samuel turned to me and then bowed respectfully.
“What the f**k was that? Indeed. It was like nothing anyone had ever seen before – a weird fusion of live action, story-telling and of the surreal.”
Live action surreal story telling? Yup, that’s Pink Floyd.