Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts (2007)
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Shine director Scott Hicks documents a year in the life of prolific composer Philip Glass in order to explore the work that goes into creating a symphony and offer a detailed overview of his subject's remarkable career. Glass may be a composer whose name is virtually synonymous with the minimalist music movement, but one shouldn't be so quick to pigeonhole the composer. A musician who is outwardly confident and at times unpredictable, Glass works tirelessly to create a composition entitled
Apr 18, 2008 Wide
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Hicks structures Glass in 12 vignettes, each highlighting a different aspect of Glass' life, and some are more compelling than others.
A hair's breadth from hagiography, Scott Hicks's Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts is much like its subject: affable, quotable and emotionally guarded in the extreme.
[Director] Hicks, provided with unprecedented access to his subject's family, friends and collaborators, offers fresh insight into Glass's insatiable drive and pragmatic cosmology.
A stupefyingly dull portrait of a man who doesn't seem to be lying when he says, "I have so few secrets."
An entertaining pic that will fascinate admirers but is wide-ranging and unpretentious enough to engage those intimidated by Glass' aesthetic.
Hicks the fan never gets in the way of Hicks the documentarian - he paints Glass as a musical genius but also as the eccentric, fiery, temperamental artist he can be.
Doesn't necessarily reveal the insight behind the composer's unique brand of music so much as display the working mode of a passionate artist.
Hicks avoids many of the pitfalls of artist portraits by grounding the musician firmly in every day reality.
Hicks has made one of the best films I have seen about the mind of a creative artist.
A solid portrait that should engage both fans and newbies alike, shot by Hicks himself, cinema verite style.
Shot on a tight budget and a tighter calendar, the film offers a cinematic style which borders on verite in approach and execution.
There is a genuine warmth to the film that is underscored by Glass' modesty, a quality both fans and non-fans will respond to.
This is an exhaustive and at times exhausting documentary; it's well made and revealing but it required much more editing...
A fitting tribute to the man and the musician, which will remind fans of his genius and point newcomers to his broad and brilliant oeuvre.
Things perk up when Hicks focuses on Glass' music and working methods, especially with the filmmakers (Woody Allen, Errol Morris and Martin Scorsese included) whose works he's scored.
Although rich in family scrapbooks and anecdotes, Scott Hicks' documentary on composer Philip Glass is a portrait of the artist in the present tense.
Scott Hicks' fascinating new film on Philip Glass ... gives an up-close and very personal view of a man who lives completely inside music.
It seems like a huge waste of time to have this much access to Glass, but come up with little more than a fan page.
As fascinating as Glass often is, it's simultaneously too conventional and not conventional enough.
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