Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould
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The highly acclaimed and famously eccentric classical pianist Glenn Gould is the subject of this idiosyncratic film portrait. As the title suggests, Gould's life is explored through a series of thirty-two self-contained but interrelated vignettes, a structure inspired by Bach's "Goldberg Variations," the compositions that were the basis for one of Gould's most famous recordings. Fictional recreations, many starring an excellent Colm Feore as Gould, follow the musician from his precocious childhood to his early death at the age of fifty. Juicy biographical details like a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

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"One of the great documentaries, or if you will semi-documentaries."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"An engaging and rather appropriate perspective on the gifted and eccentric musician."
‑ Dan Lybarger, Nitrate Online
"The film's strategy is to present many diverse fragments about Gould, each capturing an aspect of his artistry and/or personality, so that the cumulative effect would give the viewer a glimpse of the man and his times."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Imaginative and engaging work of art which pioneers a new form of screen biography."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"...but not one long one."
‑ Jake Euker, F5 (Wichita, KS)
"The films are short, vignettes mostly, but in concert they do more than a conventional two-hour biopic ever could."
‑ Jaime N. Christley, Apollo Guide
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