Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould

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The highly acclaimed and famously eccentric classical pianist Glenn Gould is the subject of this idiosyncratic film portrait. As the title suggests, Gould's life is explored through a series of thirty-two self-contained but interrelated vignettes, a structure inspired by Bach's "Goldberg Variations," the compositions that were the basis for one of Gould's most famous recordings. Fictional recreations, many starring an excellent Colm Feore as Gould, follow the musician from his precocious childhood to his early ...
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Overview

The highly acclaimed and famously eccentric classical pianist Glenn Gould is the subject of this idiosyncratic film portrait. As the title suggests, Gould's life is explored through a series of thirty-two self-contained but interrelated vignettes, a structure inspired by Bach's "Goldberg Variations," the compositions that were the basis for one of Gould's most famous recordings. Fictional recreations, many starring an excellent Colm Feore as Gould, follow the musician from his precocious childhood to his early death at the age of fifty. Juicy biographical details like a surprising early retirement from public performance and an addiction to prescription drugs are featured prominently, but equal attention is paid to Gould's challenging theoretical ideas. Director Francois Girard refuses to provide easy explanations for the pianist's quirks, instead using his unconventional structure to provide great insight while suggesting the real Gould remains essentially unknowable. Especially interesting is the film's mix of dramatization and documentary, as it juxtaposes its fictional recreations with actual interviews with Gould's friends and associates.
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Editorial Reviews

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The film festival ethos of 32 Short Films About Glenn Gould is well suited to Francois Girard's film. Not only does the director do a good job of making the segments different enough in style and tone to seem like the work of multiple collaborators, but each rises to a level of artistic quality worthy of entry into a competitive festival. Colm Feore is a marvelous anchor, although very little dialogue is required of him; logically, he does most of his speaking through the piano, with his other contributions largely attitudinal and atmospheric. True to Girard's master plan, the film doesn't offer a clean, chronological approach to its subject, and the snippets leave the viewer hungry for more exposition now and again. Just as a piece of music has thousands of possible interpretations, so does Feore's Glenn Gould, who remains at an intriguing distance, meant to be experienced more than explained. The film exists on a high intellectual plane and won a host of Canadian Genie Awards. Although not widely seen, the film nonetheless provided inspiration for a classic episode of TV's The Simpsons, entitled 22 Short Films About Springfield.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/10/2012
  • UPC: 886919121292
  • Original Release: 1993
  • Source: Sony Classics
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:33:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 15,516

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Colm Feore Glenn Gould
Gale Garnett Journalist
Katya Ladan Gould's Mother
Gerry Quigley Music Critic
Derek Keurvost Gould's Father
Carlo Rota
Peter Millard CBS Engineer
Don McKellar Concert Promoter
David Hughes Stagehand
John Dolan CBS Assistant Engineer
Dick Callahan Trucker
Guy Thauvette Trucker
R.D. Reid Trucker
Conrad Bergschneider Trucker
David Young Writer
James Kidnie Photographer
Maia Filar Girl
Marie-Josée Gauthier Professor
Len Doncheff Broker
Ian D. Clark Phillip Brennan
David Clement Desmond
Frank Canino Waiter
Megan Smith Interviewee
Kate Hennig
Technical Credits
François Girard Director, Screenwriter
Michael Allder Producer
Kathryn Casault Makeup
Alain Dostie Cinematographer
Niv Fichman Producer
Gaetan Huot Editor
Amy J. Kaufman Producer
Don McKellar Screenwriter
Nick McKinney Screenwriter
Linda Muir Costumes/Costume Designer
Dennis Murphy Executive Producer
Larry Weinstein Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould
1. Aria [2:49]
2. Lake Simcoe [4:20]
3. 45 Seconds and a Chair [:52]
4. Bruno Monsaingeon [1:54]
5. Gould Meets Gould [4:38]
6. Hamburg [4:19]
7. Variation in C Minor [:39]
8. Practice [3:35]
9. The L.A. Concert [4:03]
10. cd318 [3:40]
11. Yehudi Menuhin [2:24]
12. Passion According to Gould [3:17]
13. Opus 1 [3:47]
14. Crossed Paths [6:03]
15. Truck Stop [3:36]
16. The Idea of North [3:22]
17. Solitude [2:51]
18. Questions With No Answers [4:32]
19. A Letter [:43]
20. Gould Meets McLaren [3:15]
21. The Tip [3:51]
22. Personal Ad [1:57]
23. Pills [2:29]
24. Margaret Pacsu [1:13]
25. Diary of One Day [2:07]
26. Motel Wawa [3:51]
27. Forty-Nine [1:30]
28. Jessie Greig [2:17]
29. Leaving [2:30]
30. Voyager [:49]
31. Aria [2:30]
32. End Credits [3:08]
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Disc #1 -- Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould
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      English
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   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Talent Files
         François Girard (Director)
         Colm Feore (Glenn Gould)
      Theatrical Trailer
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