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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.

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François Girard

Writers:

François Girard (screenplay), Don McKellar (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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 Ryan Sean Ryan ... Young Glenn Age 12
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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Storyline

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.

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Music

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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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Gross USA:

$1,567,543
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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

Variation 19 from Goldberg Variations
, BWV 988
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Glenn Gould
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A musical journey
5 April 2017 | by gizmomogwaiSee 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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