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

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 1, 2011
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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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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A memorable documentary on the mysterious life and creative spirit of the Canadian pianist Glenn Gould.

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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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Alistair Harkness

Told chronologically, Genius Within certainly works as a good introduction to Gould's life and work, especially the early parts of his story.

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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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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

A thoughtful, confident, completely engrossing documentary about a cultural figure every bit as iconic as Jim Morrison or James Dean.

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Peter Bradshaw

Undoubtedly, Gould was an eccentric and a hypochondriac, but this film argues for his human vulnerability.

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