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If only more filmmakers would take the fragmented, kaleidoscopic approach of Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould, which captures the essence of the famed pianist (and radio broadcaster) by honoring his unruliness.
An assured melange of dramatic re-creation, archival material and interviews, it is a uniquely entertaining venture
A brilliant and transfixing cinematic portrait by Francois Girard.
This fictional documentary's films-in-miniature -- subdued, engaging grace notes that run from 45 seconds to several minutes -- create a subtle, appropriately unconventional portrait of this eccentric man.
One of the great documentaries, or if you will semi-documentaries.
The film's strategy is to present many diverse fragments about Gould, each capturing an aspect of his artistry and/or personality, so that the cumulative effect would give the viewer a glimpse of the man and his times.
...but not one long one.
An engaging and rather appropriate perspective on the gifted and eccentric musician.
These episodic adventures are a joy to watch and although not all of them are as memorable as each other, each has an entertaining quality that means the film as a whole will stick with you for a long time.
Imaginative and engaging work of art which pioneers a new form of screen biography.
The films are short, vignettes mostly, but in concert they do more than a conventional two-hour biopic ever could.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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