Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould
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Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould
Glenn Gould was one of the most celebrated and controversial classical musicians of the 20th century, a pianist whose approach to the work of Bach and Brahms represented a bold and inventive new take on the composers' styles, and whose obsessive quest for perfectionism while rejecting the influence of the audience led him to abandon live performances in favor of recording in 1964, only nine years after the release of his celebrated interpretation of Bach's "Goldberg Variations." While Gould's very public eccentricities have been nearly as well documented as his talents,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's a fascinating story, and well told."
‑ Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle
"In the end, though the film is a trifle dull, one does come away with a sense of Gould as a human being..."
‑ Paul de Barros, Seattle Times
"A memorable documentary on the mysterious life and creative spirit of the Canadian pianist Glenn Gould."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"A documentary packed with fact, verified folklore and faces of former friends and family, subpoenaed to bear witness in interview."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
"A documentary at the forefront of the genre and a real contender come awards time."
‑ Amy Killin, Moviedex
"Genius Within presents an artist who was, yes, "eccentric" (the gloves, the overcoat, the hypochondria), but also visionary, curious, unpredictable, and funny."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"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."
‑ Claude Peck, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Told chronologically, Genius Within certainly works as a good introduction to Gould's life and work, especially the early parts of his story."
‑ Alistair Harkness, Scotsman
"While this is informative, accessible and engaging, it tends to be frustrating and flawed as well."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"This is a beautifully made movie that will enchant anyone coming to Gould's world for the first time and probably afford new insights and levels of appreciation to those who already know it."
‑ Shawn Levy, Oregonian
"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."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"A thoughtful, confident, completely engrossing documentary about a cultural figure every bit as iconic as Jim Morrison or James Dean."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Undoubtedly, Gould was an eccentric and a hypochondriac, but this film argues for his human vulnerability."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"While it's not comprehensive - even at the height of his fame Gould was an enigma and remains so - Genius Within is an engaging and intriguing bio-doc."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"Fans of Gould--and there are still many--will devour the film, and even the merely curious should find it a fascinating portrait of a unique artist."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
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