Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould
Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould (2010)

Those familiar with the work of the incomparable pianist Glenn Gould know the factors that contribute to his myth -- extraordinary childhood proficiency; obsessive dedication to his uniquely precise playing style; a fraught personal life;… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 10, 2010
DVD Release Date: March 1, 2011
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Trevor Johnston
Time Out

Unlike François Girard's dizzyingly cinematic '32 Short Films About...', this just looks like standard arts telly.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

Gould remains something of a riddle wrapped in an enigma. But it's the questions that hang in the air, and not the biographical details that the film lays out, that make it so hard to take your eyes -- and your ears -- off him.

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Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald

Evocative black-and-white footage covers every step of this phase of his career.

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Joshua Kosman
San Francisco Chronicle

It's a fascinating story, and well told.

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Paul de Barros
Seattle Times

In the end, though the film is a trifle dull, one does come away with a sense of Gould as a human being...

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Amy Taubin
Artforum

The film achieves its stated aim of "humanizing" a great artist and a great star while eschewing pop psychology.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

Genius Within presents an artist who was, yes, "eccentric" (the gloves, the overcoat, the hypochondria), but also visionary, curious, unpredictable, and funny.

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Claude Peck
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Those who believe the private life of the artist is best left in the background may not appreciate all the candid interviews with former friends and lovers. Those seeking a fuller view of Gould's life and music-making will be spellbound.

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Wendy Ide
Times (UK)

The film mounts a persuasive case for Gould's phenomenal cultural significance. "The inner life", however, is the one thing we don't really get to explore.

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