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Music & Film Tue Feb 05 2008

Pink Floyd: The Wall Screening @ Columbia College

Really? Pink Floyd is still around and active? Well, no- unless you count Roger Water’s recent efforts - but their philosophy is one thing that will never die. Or so says the newest in a series of Open Court books, Pink Floyd and Philosophy, and the accompanying free screening of The Wall that will take place at Columbia College this Thursday.

Why did it take the series 30 releases before they got around to one of the most mind-sabotaging bands in history? Why did they choose such ridiculous pop culture fads as Harry Potter, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and the Atkins diet as more interesting write-ups? Why is the blurb full of the most obvious and demeaning stereotypes, taking only two sentences to mention psychedelic drugs, and five to bring up the absurd connection to the Wizard of Oz? While my intelligence as a Pink Floyd fan might be insulted, we cannot necessarily hold responsible the authors of the book, who happen to include Cari Callis, Sue Mroz, and Joe Steiff, all members of the Columbia College Film and Video faculty.

Following the screening of the movie, which will be shown on a sweet 35 mm film which promises a picture and sound too brilliant for words, the authors and editor, George Reisch, a philosophy professor at Northwestern, will stay around for a reception. Of course you've seen The Wall, you've seen it twenty times, but have you ever seen it like this? The screening will also include a presentation of some of the original artwork for the movie by animation faculty member Ron Fleischer, a definite must-see for anyone influenced, soberly or not, by the “philosophy”, or simple sheer brilliance, that is Pink Floyd.

Screening will be this Thursday, Feb 7, from 6:30-10, at the Columbia Film Row Cinema, 1104 S. Wabash, 8th Floor

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