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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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[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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Prelude from Tristan und Isolde
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A musical journey
5 April 2017 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

As a moviegoer with not much expertise on classical music, or interest in film without a coherent narrative, Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould is a bit of a challenge. Certainly I was aware of Gould's reputation; this film also incorporates animation by Norman McLaren, another Canadian legend.

A curious hybrid of fictionalized biography and documentary, the film is indeed slightly fractured, but not as much as the comically inept Leonard Maltin whined about. Its pieces come together to tell more of running story than you'd think. It's true someone thirsting for more action and events may come away disappointed, but there is drama and humour here. Above all, what links the story together is the passionate and energetic piano playing of Glenn Gould himself, enough to inspire even a person without much of an ear for classic music.


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