Pink Floyd: Live At Pompeii

  • 1972
  • Movie
  • PG
  • Documentary, Musical

Filmed sans audience in a ruined amphitheater in Pompeii, Italy, LIVE AT POMPEII shows the British quartet at a turning point, just as they are making the transition from a psychedelic pop band to one of the most creative and influential groups of the 1970s and '80s. The absence of an audience gives Pink Floyd the freedom to let their songs play out gradually,...read more

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Filmed sans audience in a ruined amphitheater in Pompeii, Italy, LIVE AT POMPEII shows the British quartet at a turning point, just as they are making the transition from a psychedelic pop band to one of the most creative and influential groups of the 1970s and '80s.

The absence of an audience gives Pink Floyd the freedom to let their songs play out gradually, unhurriedly. This works best with songs like "Echoes," where the piece develops gradually, unfolding movement by movement. However, it also allows the band to jam away indulgently on noisy experimental

crap like "Careful with That Axe, Eugene" and "A Saucerful of Secrets." Director Adrian Maben's languid tracking shots and achingly slow zooms demonstrate incredible patience and complement the band's own pacing nicely.

The most fascinating scenes are those that show Pink Floyd at work in Abbey Road studios back in England as they put together what would become one of rock and roll's benchmark albums, "Dark Side of the Moon." At the time of the film's making, Floyd had just come off the "Meddle" album--a bit of a

turn for them--and was fearful of how fans would take this new album-in-progress. At one point, drummer Nick Mason wonders aloud whether or not the band may be through. Of course, Pink Floyd was actually about to become superstars, with "Dark Side" to be followed by "Wish You Were Here,"

"Animals," and the phenomenally successful "The Wall." LIVE AT POMPEII gives us a rare look at a band on the cusp of achieving greatness.

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  • Released: 1972
  • Rating: PG
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