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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 very public eccentricities have been nearly as well documented as his talents, filmmakers Michele Hozer and Peter Raymont pose a very provocative question in their documentary Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould: Was Gould truly as strange as he was believed to be, or were his quirks part of a facade the artist carefully constructed to intrigue and challenge the listening audience? Hozer and Raymont present rare footage of Gould in performance and in interviews, and examine the private life of the pianist as they explore the facts behind his legendary hypochondria, his drug use, and his relationships with women. Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould was an official selection at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Documentary
Directed By: ,
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On DVD: Mar 1, 2011
Box Office: $0.2M
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All Critics (36) | Top Critics (13)

Unlike François Girard's dizzyingly cinematic '32 Short Films About...', this just looks like standard arts telly.

Full Review… | January 20, 2011
Time Out
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It's a fascinating story, and well told.

Full Review… | November 19, 2010
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.

Full Review… | November 4, 2010
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.

Full Review… | October 15, 2010
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...

Full Review… | October 14, 2010
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.

Full Review… | October 7, 2010
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Audience Reviews for Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould

This movie was a good insight into the real life of Glenn Gould which featured people that really would have insight on his personal life. It helped dispel some of the myths of his idiosyncrasies and focuses really more on Glenn as a person rather than a pianist.

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