Movie: 32 Short Films about Glenn Gould


All I knew about Glen Gould to start with was that he was a Canadian pianist. The short films seem a bit artsy and disjointed at first, but coalesce into a progressive series of statements on Glen Gould’s life. Nearly all of them incorporate amazing music, mostly piano music. One gathers that Glen Gould gave up performing on the piano for artistic reasons, and in keeping with that we never see him playing, except in X-Ray skeleton form in one film. The final portrayal suggests an artist who attempted to conduct everything in his life like musical instruments, but aside from this constant form of expression remained isolated from other human beings.


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