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Hans Petter Moland
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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 featuredWritten by
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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 »
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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A collection of vignettes highlighting different aspects of the life, work, and character of the acclaimed Canadian classical pianist Glenn Gould.
I had heard of Glenn Gould, but I don't really know who he is. I'm not the sort of person who spends a lot of time listening to concert pianists or classical music. Sometimes I wish that was me, but it just is not.
Now, for this movie, that does not matter. It is about style just as much as about substance. Maybe more style than substance even... I recently watched the "Charles Bukowski Tapes", and this has some parallels. The difference being that Bukowski is an abusive drunk, and Gould is a refined, eccentric artist. But the idea of a film full of short segments on the subject remains the same.
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