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Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould ()


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A collection of vignettes highlighting different aspects of the life, work, and character of the acclaimed Canadian classical pianist.

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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
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Concert Promoter
David Hughes ...
Stagehand
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C.B.S. Producer (as Carlo D. Rota)
Peter Millard ...
C.B.S. Engineer
John Dolan ...
C.B.S. Assistant Engineer
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Waitress
Dick Callahan ...
Trucker #1
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Trucker #2
R.D. Reid ...
Trucker #3
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Trucker #4
Gerry Quigley ...
Music Critic
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Journalist
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Writer
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Photographer
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Girl
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Mother
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Professor (as Marie Josée Gauthier)
Nick McKinney ...
Interpreter
Moynan King ...
Questioning Woman
Knowlton Nash ...
V.O. Announcer (voice)
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Broker #1
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Broker #2
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Phillip Brennan
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Desmond
Jimmy Loftus ...
Waiter #1
Frank Canino ...
Waiter #2
Bruno Monsaingeon ...
Himself - Violin I: Opus #1
Yehudi Menuhin ...
Himself (as Sir Yehudi Menuhin)
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Herself
Jessie Greig ...
Herself
Megan Smith-Harris ...
Herself (as Megan Smith)
Walter Homburger ...
Himself
Ray Roberts ...
Himself
Bob Phillips ...
Himself
Jill R. Cobb ...
Herself
Bob Silverman ...
Himself
Elyse Mach ...
Herself
Mario Prizak ...
Himself
Valerie Verity ...
Herself
Vern Edquist ...
Himself
Gilles Apap ...
Himself - Violin II: Opus #1
Jean Marc Apap ...
Himself - Viola: Opus #1
Marc Coppey ...
Himself - Cello: Opus #1
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Ahmed Yamani ...
Himself - Arrives in Canada (uncredited) (archiveFootage)

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François Girard

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François Girard ... (screenplay) &
Don McKellar ... (screenplay)
 
Glenn Gould ... (additional material)
 
Nick McKinney ... () (uncredited)

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Michael Allder ... producer
Niv Fichman ... producer
Daniel Iron ... associate producer
Amy J. Kaufman ... line producer
Dennis R. Murphy ... executive producer
Barbara Willis Sweete ... producer
Larry Weinstein ... producer

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Alain Dostie

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Gaétan Huot

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Sylvain Lebel ... assistant editor (uncredited)

Art Direction by

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John Rubino

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Alexa Anthony

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Linda Muir

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Kathryn Casault ... makeup artist
Marcelo Padovani ... key hair stylist

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Michel Siry ... unit production manager

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Leonard Farlinger ... assistant director
David Forsyth ... trainee assistant director
Jennifer Jonas ... assistant director

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John Rubino ... Associate Art Director

Sound Department

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Stuart French ... sound mixer
Louis Hone ... foley mixer
Richard King ... sound recording engineer
Andy Malcolm ... foley artist
Erika Schengili-Roberts ... boom operator
John Douglas Smith ... sound editor
Jane Tattersall ... supervising sound editor

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Jason Giberson ... digital restoration artist

Camera and Electrical Department

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Roscoe Kerr ... best boy electrician
Patrick King ... grip
Jeremy Lyall ... camera trainee
Dean Stinchcombe ... second assistant camera

Location Management

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Peter Janigan ... location scout

Music Department

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Glenn Gould ... musician: piano

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George Anthony ... CBC executive in charge of production
Alain Dostie ... irradiated person
François Girard ... irradiated person
Jennifer Jonas ... irradiated person
Nick McKinney ... researcher
Brooke Weslak ... production office manager

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Petula Clark ... acknowledgment
Atom Egoyan ... acknowledgment
Jessie Greig ... acknowledgment
Yehudi Menuhin ... acknowledgment (as Sir Yehudi Menuhin)
Bruno Monsaingeon ... acknowledgment

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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • Trente-deux films brefs sur Glenn Gould (Canada, French title)
  • 32 Curtas Metragens Sobre Glenn Gould (Portugal)
  • Glenn Gould - 32 lyhytelokuvaa (Finland)
  • 32 Variationen über Glenn Gould (Germany)
  • Sinfonía en soledad: un retrato de Glenn Gould (Spain)
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  • 98 min
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Trivia 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Serial Mom/White Fang 2: Myth of the White Wolf/Cops & Robbersons/Backbeat/32 Short Films About Glen Gould (1994). See more »
Soundtracks Aria from Goldberg Variations See more »
Quotes Glenn Gould: I don't know what the effective ratio would be but I've always had a sort of intuition that for every hour you spend with other human beings, you need X number of hours alone. Now what that X represents, I don't really know, whether it be 2 and 7/8ths or 7 and 2/8ths, but it's a substantial ratio.
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