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Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould (2009)

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A documentary on the mysterious and influential pianist.

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A documentary on the mysterious and influential pianist.

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10 September 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Glenn Gould: Nerous ihmisessä  »

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$17,034 (USA) (10 September 2010)


$166,770 (USA) (28 January 2011)

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Title Aside, a Fascinating Movie
18 October 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is a pleasure to watch and hear: grainy images from the 1950s, intelligent commentary from those who knew and loved Glenn Gould; clips from a number of interviews with Gould over the years, and best of all Gould's phenomenal music, clear and penetrating. From two women who loved him, we learn a little bit about him. My quarrel is with the title, with the words "within" and "inner life." The title raises expectations of our getting to know what makes Gould tick; I, for one, having seen and very much liked the movie, learned very little about his inner self. However, this is a very worthwhile movie for people who are generally interested in artists and/or those who love classical music (even when it contains a novel interpretation). I think the makers of this video did an excellent job—I'm assuming they didn't have a whole lot from the archives to work with. It's relentlessly interesting. Gould is not only an extreme pleasure to hear but also to watch.

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