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Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts (2007)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography, Music | 18 April 2008 (USA)
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Academy Award®-nominated director Scott Hicks ("Shine") documents an eventful year in the career and personal life of distinguished Western classical composer Philip Glass as he interacts ... See full summary »


Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
... Himself
Holly Critchlow ... Herself, Philip Glass' fourth wife
... Himself
JoAnne Akalaitis ... Herself, Philip Glass' first wife
Kurt Munkacsi ... Himself, producer
... Himself (voice)
Maki Namekawa ... Herself, concert pianist
Marlow Glass ... Himself, Philip Glass' son
Cameron Glass ... Himself, Philip Glass' son
Dennis Russell Davies ... Himself
Sheppie Abramowitz ... Herself, Philip Glass' sister
Marty Glass ... Himself, Philip Glass' brother
Stokes Howell ... Himself
Rebecca Litman ... Herself
Zack Glass ... Himself, Philip Glass' son


Academy Award®-nominated director Scott Hicks ("Shine") documents an eventful year in the career and personal life of distinguished Western classical composer Philip Glass as he interacts with a number of friends and collaborators, who include Chuck Close, Ravi Shankar, and Martin Scorsese. Written by Anonymous

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In July 2005, filmmaker Scott Hicks started shooting a documentary about the composer Philip Glass to celebrate his 70th anniversary in 2007.


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Opening Weekend USA:

$5,546, 20 April 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$20,018, 11 May 2008
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This documentary was made to mark the 70th anniversary in 2007 of its subject, composer Philip Glass See more »


[first lines]
Philip Glass: [voiceover] I never was a captive of other people's ideas about me. Whatever they thought, that didn't bother to me, I did what I wanted to, and um - I didn't care. I've been like that my whole life, and - it saved me a lot of trouble. Even when it came to writing music I didn't care what people thought. You know, there's a lot of music in the world, you don't have to listen to mine. There's Mozart, there's the Beatles, listen to something else! You don't have to listen to this. You...
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Philip Glass is a tremendous composer
21 September 2008 | by See all my reviews

I have a huge level of respect and admiration for Philip Glass' musical ability and own a significant portion of his work, most of which makes for great listening, but the man himself really isn't very interesting. He has no secrets, which would be fine if there was anything interesting here. The bottom line is that he's a man devoted to his work, who has an organic, natural musical ability, and a tendency to switch between women and religions like television channels. There's moments where he's really interesting, and for the most part he's affable and fun to watch, but this film, in spite of its mosaic-like structure, is a film about someone whose music is far more interesting than they are. Hicks' cinematography is excellent, but the film is so superficial and bland that I find it amazing to think that anyone was particularly affected by it. There are twelve parts to the film, I'd say about five of those were entertaining.


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