The Final Cut (1983 film)

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The Final Cut Video E.P
Directed by Willie Christie
Produced by Barry Matthews
Written by Roger Waters
Starring
Music by Pink Floyd
Release dates 1983 (1983)
Running time 19 minutes
Language English

The Final Cut is a 19-minute video EP by Pink Floyd and is based on their 1983 album of the same name.[1] it was shot in 1982 and features unknown actors not mentioned in the cast.

History[edit]

Directed by Waters' brother-in-law, Willie Christie (who also designed the album cover and art).[1]

Storyline[edit]

The film is shown through the eyes of a World War II veteran, played by Alex McAvoy who appeared in The Wall as the teacher.[1] The film starts out with the introduction of the album, switching through various radio stations. However rather than "The Post War Dream" (as on the album), "The Gunner's Dream" fades in, skipping four tracks. This shows the veteran driving down an empty motorway. As he passes under a bridge, he sees a war veteran standing on the bridge. He stops the car and runs back to look. The camera focuses on a piece of graffiti reading "Go on Maggie", a reference to the prime minister at the time, Margaret Thatcher. Instead of a veteran, there is a woman standing smirking at him. The scene changes to a home scene where he watches television with his wife. He enters the kitchen and pulls out a pistol. The smirking woman is then seen walking past their house. The song changes and "The Final Cut" now plays. Footage of Roger Waters singing the song, his face hidden by a shadow except for his mouth, to a psychiatrist is intercut with stock footage. The next song is "Not Now John". Footage of a young Japanese man walking around a factory is intercut with footage of other workers and geishas. At the end of the video the old war veteran runs to try and save the Japanese man from dying. The old man is seen back in his living room watching television. The video of "Not Now John" is seen of the television. He changes the channel and the next song begins. "The Fletcher Memorial Home" features dictators and politicians walking around in an asylum. These politicians include Margaret Thatcher, Winston Churchill, Napoleon Bonaparte and Adolf Hitler, among others. The war veteran walks up to them, pulls out the gun seen earlier and shoots them. Just after, he walks over to the window of the asylum and sees them well and alive inside. The film ends.

Alternate version[edit]

An alternate version featuring unused shots and different running order also surfaced some years ago.[citation needed]

Videos[edit]

  1. The Post War Dream (introduction)
  2. The Gunner's Dream
  3. The Final Cut
  4. Not Now John
  5. The Fletcher Memorial Home

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Mabbett, Andy (2010). Pink Floyd - The Music and the Mystery. London: Omnibus Press. ISBN 9781849383707.