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Unlike François Girard's dizzyingly cinematic '32 Short Films About...', this just looks like standard arts telly.
It's a fascinating story, and well told.
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.
An immensely rewarding documentary... [Full review in Spanish]
Evocative black-and-white footage covers every step of this phase of his career.
The film achieves its stated aim of "humanizing" a great artist and a great star while eschewing pop psychology.
The film mounts a persuasive case for Gould's phenomenal cultural significance. "The inner life", however, is the one thing we don't really get to explore.
As much as self-imposed isolation fueled his creative output, Gould had a powerful need to connect with others, and Genius Within explores the difficulties inherent in balancing these impulses.
A memorable documentary on the mysterious life and creative spirit of the Canadian pianist Glenn Gould.
I loved it. I love Glenn Gould, so I was easily amused. It sheds some new light on a musician who has been discussed a lot. The crucial question about Gould is often lost by many people. How is it that a classical pianist (not a composer or conductor) is still getting so much attention 30 years after his passing? It isn't just his exceptional playing, nor is it his odd behavior. I think it is because he was so tuned in to our times, predicting developments in music, computers, media, etc., in some cases long before the means existed to make it real.
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