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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Genius Within presents an artist who was, yes, "eccentric" (the gloves, the overcoat, the hypochondria), but also visionary, curious, unpredictable, and funny.
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.
In the end, though the film is a trifle dull, one does come away with a sense of Gould as a human being...
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.
A thoughtful, confident, completely engrossing documentary about a cultural figure every bit as iconic as Jim Morrison or James Dean.
A memorable documentary on the mysterious life and creative spirit of the Canadian pianist Glenn Gould.
Told chronologically, Genius Within certainly works as a good introduction to Gould's life and work, especially the early parts of his story.
Undoubtedly, Gould was an eccentric and a hypochondriac, but this film argues for his human vulnerability.
A documentary packed with fact, verified folklore and faces of former friends and family, subpoenaed to bear witness in interview.
While this is informative, accessible and engaging, it tends to be frustrating and flawed as well.
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.
A documentary at the forefront of the genre and a real contender come awards time.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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