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


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Those familiar with the work of the incomparable pianist Glenn Gould know the factors that contribute to his myth -- extraordinary childhood proficiency; obsessive dedication to his uniquely precise playing style; a fraught personal life; rakish, rock 'n' roll looks and will revel in this beautiful, detailed evocation of his life. For those to whom he's a new name or a marginal figure, this is a thoroughly pleasurable primer, and a work of art in its own right.

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Critic Reviews for Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould

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

Jan 20, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

It's a fascinating story, and well told.

Nov 19, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Genius Within presents an artist who was, yes, "eccentric" (the gloves, the overcoat, the hypochondria), but also visionary, curious, unpredictable, and funny.

Nov 4, 2010 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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.

Oct 15, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

In the end, though the film is a trifle dull, one does come away with a sense of Gould as a human being...

Oct 14, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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.

Oct 7, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Genius Within: The Inner Life of 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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