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Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould (1993)

A collection of vignettes highlighting different aspects of the life, work, and character of the acclaimed Canadian classical pianist.

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Derek Keurvorst ...
Gould's Father
Katya Ladan ...
Gould's Mother
Devon Anderson ...
Young Glenn Age 3
Joshua Greenblatt ...
Young Glenn Age 8
Sean Ryan ...
Young Glenn Age 12
Kate Hennig ...
Chambermaid
Sean Doyle ...
Porter
Sharon Bernbaum ...
Female Guide
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Concert Promoter
David Hughes ...
Stagehand
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C.B.S. Producer (as Carlo D. Rota)
Peter Millard ...
C.B.S. Engineer
John Dolan ...
C.B.S. Assistant Engineer
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Waitress
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As the title suggests, this dramatised documentary about the eccentric Canadian pianist Glenn Gould is broken up into thirty-two short films (mirroring the thirty-two part structure of Bach's 'Goldberg Variations', the recording that Gould made famous), each giving us an insight into some aspect of Gould's life and career. Out of respect for the music lead actor Colm Feore is never seen playing the piano, merely reacting to Gould's own recordings, which are extensively featured Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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The sound of genius.

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26 November 1993 (USA)  »

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32 Curtas Metragens Sobre Glenn Gould  »

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$1,567,543 (USA)
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The structure of the film is based on the structure of the piece that Glenn Gould is most famous for playing, Johann Sebastian Bach's "Goldberg Variations", which are 32 short pieces of music that are usually played together. See more »

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Glenn Gould: [voiceover] My mother tells me that by five years old I had decided definitively to become a concert pianist. I think she had decided some time earlier. The story goes that while I was in the womb she played the piano continuously to give me a head start, and evidently it paid off. My mother was my first teacher, and I've never doubted her methods. After all, she introduced me to Bach.
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Soundtracks

Fugue No. 14 in F sharp minor from The Well-Tempered Clavier
, Book I
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Glenn Gould
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Spellbinding...a treat for the eyes and ears
28 February 2000 | by (Massachusetts) – See all my reviews

I had never heard of Glenn Gould before this movie was released, but I had heard so many good things about the film that I just had to check it out. Am I glad I did. The film is quite unconventional in that it is not a strict "biopic" in any sense of the word. The film -- much like the title suggests -- takes 32 vignettes that concern some aspect of GG's life. Gould, a Canadian classical pianist, was by all accounts an unusual yet charming man. A merciless hypochondriac who popped pills incessantly and wore heavy clothing even in the middle of summer, Gould was also enormously talented, both as a pianist and a producer of highly unusual radio programs. The film examines Gould's life, his passions, his obsessions, and of course his music. The soundtrack is breathtaking. Colm Feore portrays the enigmatic Gould brilliantly. If you are a fan of daring, original films -- as well as a Gould fan -- you will not want to miss this.


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