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Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould Details

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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 [[Performer~P23094~Colm Feore~colmfeore]] 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 [[Performer~P166467~Francois Girard~françoisgirard]] 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. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

  • Release date:September 14, 1993

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Genie Awards Kate Hennig Best Supporting Actress 1993 Nominee
Genie Awards Don McKellar Best Screenplay 1993 Nominee
Genie Awards François Girard Best Director 1993 Winner
Genie Awards François Girard Best Screenplay 1993 Nominee
Genie Awards Alain Dostie Best Cinematography 1993 Winner
Genie Awards Gaetan Huot Best Editing 1993 Winner

Cast

Colm Feore
as Glenn Gould
Gale Garnett
as Journalist
Katya Ladan
as Gould's Mother
Gerry Quigley
as Music Critic
Carlo Rota
Peter Millard
as CBS Engineer
David Young
as Writer
Maia Filar
as Girl
David Clement
as Desmond
R.D. Reid
as Trucker
Conrad Bergschneider
as Trucker
Len Doncheff
as Broker
Derek Keurvost
as Gould's Father
Guy Thauvette
as Trucker
Kate Hennig
Megan Smith
as Interviewee
Frank Canino
as Waiter
James Kidnie
as Photographer
Don McKellar
as Concert Promoter
Dick Callahan
as Trucker

Crew

François Girard
Director
Larry Weinstein
Producer
Michael Allder
Producer
Niv Fichman
Producer
Amy J. Kaufman
Producer
Don McKellar
Screenwriter
Nick McKinney
Screenwriter
François Girard
Screenwriter
Alain Dostie
Cinematographer
Glenn Gould
Featured Music
Gaetan Huot
Editor
Dennis Murphy
Executive Producer
Linda Muir
Costume Designer
Kathryn Casault
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