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Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould (2010)



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Glenn Gould was one of the most celebrated and controversial classical musicians of the 20th century, a pianist whose approach to the work of Bach and Brahms represented a bold and inventive new take on the composers' styles, and whose obsessive quest for perfectionism while rejecting the influence of the audience led him to abandon live performances in favor of recording in 1964, only nine years after the release of his celebrated interpretation of Bach's "Goldberg Variations." While Gould's

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It's a fascinating story, and well told.

November 19, 2010 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Genius Within presents an artist who was, yes, "eccentric" (the gloves, the overcoat, the hypochondria), but also visionary, curious, unpredictable, and funny.

November 4, 2010 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Gould remains something of a riddle wrapped in an enigma. But it's the questions that hang in the air, and not the biographical details that the film lays out, that make it so hard to take your eyes -- and your ears -- off him.

October 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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In the end, though the film is a trifle dull, one does come away with a sense of Gould as a human being...

October 14, 2010 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Those who believe the private life of the artist is best left in the background may not appreciate all the candid interviews with former friends and lovers. Those seeking a fuller view of Gould's life and music-making will be spellbound.

October 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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A thoughtful, confident, completely engrossing documentary about a cultural figure every bit as iconic as Jim Morrison or James Dean.

September 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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A memorable documentary on the mysterious life and creative spirit of the Canadian pianist Glenn Gould.

March 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Told chronologically, Genius Within certainly works as a good introduction to Gould's life and work, especially the early parts of his story.

January 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Scotsman

Undoubtedly, Gould was an eccentric and a hypochondriac, but this film argues for his human vulnerability.

January 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

A documentary packed with fact, verified folklore and faces of former friends and family, subpoenaed to bear witness in interview.

January 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

While this is informative, accessible and engaging, it tends to be frustrating and flawed as well.

January 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

While it's not comprehensive - even at the height of his fame Gould was an enigma and remains so - Genius Within is an engaging and intriguing bio-doc.

January 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

A documentary at the forefront of the genre and a real contender come awards time.

November 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Moviedex

This is a beautifully made movie that will enchant anyone coming to Gould's world for the first time and probably afford new insights and levels of appreciation to those who already know it.

November 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Oregonian

Fans of Gould--and there are still many--will devour the film, and even the merely curious should find it a fascinating portrait of a unique artist.

November 4, 2010 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

I definitely left the movie feeling I had learned things about Gould I didn't know. But I also thought he had to have been a much more distinctive person than the movie made him seem.

October 8, 2010 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

The richness of this profile will satisfy even the most ardent fan, constantly surrounded by Gould's playing in the background; as well as often in the foreground

September 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Having been an avid Glenn Gould fan for years, I was enthralled and fascinated to be submerged in his music and life in this riveting documentary about the man, pianist, composer and musical interpreter

September 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

...a conventional documentary whose excellence lies in the extensive research and quantity of archival materials they incorporate into the film.

September 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Playback:stl

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