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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

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[first lines]
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

Gigue from English Suite No. 2 in A minor
, BWV 807
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Glenn Gould
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surprisingly and wonderfully linear
7 November 2003 | by (orem, utah) – See all my reviews

the concept works. i like how the film is composed of individual films, yet the individual films do an excellent job of telling a singular, cohesive story. the best aspect is that we don't have to deal with the boring plot proceedings- we just fill in the blanks ourselves. learning about gould's personality through the dialogue kept my interest, but looking back, it was actually the strictly instrumental pieces that really kept my interest. fortunately gould's actual performances are mesmerizing enough on their own to really supplement the visuals. a couple of favorites off the top of my head are "man sitting in chair" and "a day's journal" (sorry, not the exact titles i think). colm feore, i've seen you in about a dozen pictures, but this is the one that made me really notice your name.


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