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THIRTY-TWO SHORT FILMS ABOUT GLENN GOULD

(1993)
93 mins | Biography | Classics | History | Music, Media & Arts |
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Director: François Girard

Writer(s): François Girard, Don McKellar

Star(s): Colm Feore, Derek Keuvorst, Katya Lada, Don McKellar

Synopsis:

Mirroring the structure of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, the recording that made eccentric Canadian pianist Glenn Gould famous, this dramatic narrative is broken up into 32 short pieces. Each short film provides an insight into an aspect of Gould’s life and career. Some are filmed as dramatic re-creations, while others are more abstract: There is even an animated piece accompanied by a recording of a Gould performance. Colm Feore is brilliant as Gould, humanizing the difficult genius whose studio recordings, imaginative radio documentaries and insightful writings are still influential in contemporary classical circles.

“Instead of a laborious bio-pic, we get a sly, quick-witted meditation on a character always likely to elude our grasp.”
— Anthony Lane, The New Yorker


    About the Director

    François Girard

    Girard won a Grammy for his music video for Peter Gabriel’s Secret World Live. Thirty-Two Short Films About Glenn Gould  won four Genie Awards. The Red Violin won eight Genies and an Oscar for Best Original Score. His recent films include Boychoir, starring Dustin Hoffman, and Hochelaga.

    THIRTY-TWO SHORT FILMS ABOUT GLENN GOULD

    Lesson Plans Available for this title:
    • English - 9, 10, 11, 12
    • Media - 9, 10, 11, 12

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