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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Glenn Gould
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
... Concert Promoter
David Hughes ... Stagehand
... C.B.S. Producer (as Carlo D. Rota)
Peter Millard ... C.B.S. Engineer
John Dolan ... C.B.S. Assistant Engineer
... 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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26 November 1993 (USA)  »

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32 Curtas Metragens Sobre Glenn Gould  »

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$1,567,543
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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 »

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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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Invention No. 13 in A minor
, BWV 784
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Glenn Gould
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The genius of Glenn Gould
29 April 2003 | by See all my reviews

I enjoyed this film considerably, however, I am also a die hard Glenn Gould fan. The film captures the genius and eccentricity of Gould with vignettes scored with Gould's interpretations of Bach and Beethoven weaved with glimpses of his autistic, or Asperger's, personality. Some of the negative or neutral critics listed here are not completely inappropriate. The film tends to cater to the classical music devotee as opposed to developing a narrative for the casually disinterested viewer. However, anyone with superficial knowledge of Gould, but with an interest in Bach or Beethoven, will enjoy this film, if anything, for it's choices in musical scores.


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