Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould (1993)
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as Glenn Gould
as Gould's Mother
as Music Critic
as CBS Engineer
as Gould's Father
as Concert Promoter
as CBS Assistant Engineer
as Phillip Brennan
Critic Reviews for Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould
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.
Imaginative and engaging work of art which pioneers a new form of screen biography.
Audience Reviews for Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould
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.
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