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Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould (1993)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, Music | 26 November 1993 (USA)
A collection of vignettes highlighting different aspects of the life, work, and character of the acclaimed Canadian classical pianist.

Director:

François Girard

Writers:

François Girard (screenplay), Don McKellar (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Colm Feore ... Glenn Gould
Derek Keurvorst Derek Keurvorst ... Gould's Father
Katya Ladan Katya Ladan ... Gould's Mother
Devon Anderson Devon Anderson ... Young Glenn Age 3
Joshua Greenblatt Joshua Greenblatt ... Young Glenn Age 8
Sean Vertigo Sean Vertigo ... Young Glenn Age 12 (as Sean Ryan)
Kate Hennig Kate Hennig ... Chambermaid
Sean Doyle Sean Doyle ... Porter
Sharon Bernbaum Sharon Bernbaum ... Female Guide
Don McKellar ... Concert Promoter
David Hughes David Hughes ... Stagehand
Carlo Rota ... C.B.S. Producer (as Carlo D. Rota)
Peter Millard Peter Millard ... C.B.S. Engineer
John Dolan John Dolan ... C.B.S. Assistant Engineer
Allegra Fulton ... 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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Biography | Drama | Music

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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Quotes

[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

Allegro molto e vivace from Sonata No. 13 in E Flat Major
, Op. 27 No.1
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by Glenn Gould
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Spellbinding...a treat for the eyes and ears
28 February 2000 | by WazooSee 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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Language:

English | French

Release Date:

26 November 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

32 Curtas Metragens Sobre Glenn Gould See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,319,521

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,319,521
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Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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