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Befitting its singularly brilliant subject, Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould captures the essence of a life and legacy while flouting biopic conventions. Read critic reviews

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In this episodic fusion of documentary and biographical drama, director François Girard explores the life of 20th-century pianist Glenn Gould through a series of brief fictional reenactments and real interviews with those who knew the musician. After distinguishing himself as a prodigy at a very young age, the enigmatic Gould (Colm Feore) grows up to dissect the accepted rules of musical theory, and eventually refuses to perform before an audience. He also becomes addicted to prescription pills.

Cast & Crew

Colm Feore
Glenn Gould
Gale Garnett
Journalist
Katya Ladan
Gould's Mother
David Hughes
Stagehand
Gerry Quigley
Music Critic
Carlo Rota
CBC producer
Peter Millard
CBC Engineer
Yehudi Menuhin
Self
François Girard
Director
François Girard
Writer (Screenplay)
Don McKellar
Writer (Screenplay)
Dennis R. Murphy
Executive Producer
Alain Dostie
Cinematographer
Gaetan Huot
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Critic Reviews for Thirty-Two Short Films About Glenn Gould

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  • Nov 14, 2012
    A unique way to pay tribute to one of the most underappreciated performers in history. The 32 short films I'm sure contributed to the inspiration for many of the other great thematic short film collections that have come since.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 11, 2010
    The movie is constructed of 32 short films that fit together on a preverbal way. There really is no time line and all of the segments are shot in stunningly different styles. The movie and his music are very complimentary. His music falls into the catch-all modern Jazz bucket. Like his music, the movie meanders around; has high points and are pleasantly amusing. I caught this movie on cable several years ago and viewed it several times after. Don't look for an arc or a point just enjoy it.
    Bill C Super Reviewer
  • Jul 01, 2008
    A really original and well crafted film with a great performance by Colm Feore. I didn't know a lot about this Gould guy, but I am pretty sure that I would want to beat the shit out of him if I met him. I am not a fan of eccentric people who really have no reason to be eccentric other than the fact that they are talented at something.
    Tim S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 24, 2007
    I have such mixed feelings about this film. The musical selection was perfect. Glenn Gould has always been one of my favorite pianists and his music brings this film to life. As for the actual film...sigh. It's a highly artsy film that bites off more than it can chew - the usual problem with films in this genre. It tends to capitalize upon Gould's eccentricities rather than look into the real man and thus achieves a highly surfacy effect. So, I don't know. If I looked at this as a 93 minute concert, it was magnificent, but as a movie, it fails. But I can't say I didn't enjoy the film; I would watch it again in a heartbeat.
    Jennifer X Super Reviewer

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