Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts
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Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts
Shine director Scott Hicks documents a year in the life of prolific composer Philip Glass in order to explore the work that goes into creating a symphony and offer a detailed overview of his subject's remarkable career. Glass may be a composer whose name is virtually synonymous with the minimalist music movement, but one shouldn't be so quick to pigeonhole the composer. A musician who is outwardly confident and at times unpredictable, Glass works tirelessly to create a composition entitled Symphony No. 8 for orchestra, as well as an opera entitled Waiting for the Barbarians. Additional… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Hicks structures Glass in 12 vignettes, each highlighting a different aspect of Glass' life, and some are more compelling than others."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"[Director] Hicks, provided with unprecedented access to his subject's family, friends and collaborators, offers fresh insight into Glass's insatiable drive and pragmatic cosmology."
‑ Steve Smith, Time Out New York
"Hicks the fan never gets in the way of Hicks the documentarian - he paints Glass as a musical genius but also as the eccentric, fiery, temperamental artist he can be."
‑ Simon Foster,
"Glass fans will like 8-11 of Hicks' 12 parts"
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
"Shot on a tight budget and a tighter calendar, the film offers a cinematic style which borders on verite in approach and execution."
‑ Brian Duff, FILMINK (Australia)
"A hair's breadth from hagiography, Scott Hicks's Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts is much like its subject: affable, quotable and emotionally guarded in the extreme."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"A stupefyingly dull portrait of a man who doesn't seem to be lying when he says, "I have so few secrets.""
‑ Vadim Rizov, Village Voice
"Doesn't necessarily reveal the insight behind the composer's unique brand of music so much as display the working mode of a passionate artist."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"Hicks has made one of the best films I have seen about the mind of a creative artist."
‑ Evan Williams, The Australian
"There is a genuine warmth to the film that is underscored by Glass' modesty, a quality both fans and non-fans will respond to."
‑ Jim Schembri, The Age (Australia)
"As fascinating as Glass often is, it's simultaneously too conventional and not conventional enough."
‑ Noel Murray, AV Club
"As haunting in its own way as one of Glass' own works."
‑ Sara Cardace, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Hicks avoids many of the pitfalls of artist portraits by grounding the musician firmly in every day reality."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"A solid portrait that should engage both fans and newbies alike, shot by Hicks himself, cinema verite style."
‑ Jason Di Rosso, MovieTime, ABC Radio National
"This is an exhaustive and at times exhausting documentary; it's well made and revealing but it required much more editing..."
‑ David Stratton, At the Movies (Australia)
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