Bach's compositions are not about waving hands in the air, geometry animations, or men walking off into infinity. The difference being that Bukowski is an abusive drunk, and Gould is a refined, eccentric artist. The notes with the movie recall that when one of the producers, Barbara Willis-Sweete, was working in the late 1970s as a bartender at the hotel where Gould was living, she followed him late one night as he left with a large bag. But the idea of a film full of short segments on the subject remains the same. His animation of the mathematics is always ahead of our own perception, so it makes the mathematics seem more alive.
While at times moving, the film disturbs. Glenn Gould was a classical pianist of the first order. Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould How to suggest an actual human life on film? Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi. At times, the extremely literal usage of visual imagery falls a little flat, but it also works within its context in particular cases. Immediately following, Yehudi Menuhin speaks insightfully about Gould's reasoning behind discontinuing public concerts and elaborates on Gould's mindset. Bach's music is highly mathematical, almost mechanically so. After distinguishing himself as a prodigy at a very young age, the enigmatic Gould Colm Feore grows up to dissect the accepted rules of musical theory, and eventually refuses to perform before an audience.
He recalls being able to read music before he could read books, and learned the music of Johann Sebastian Bach from his mother. Directors usually resort to depicting those troubled geniuses, such as Van Gogh and Michelangelo, who had vivid and turbulent lives, even then the resulting film is often lamentable. The music is certainly the most important aspect of the film, but it so strongly highlights the character of Gould who was one wacky Canuck , and the cinematography, that as a package, I found it a moving experience that superceded the music. The film has an 89% rating on , based on 19 reviews. Canada's Best Features: Critical Essays on 15 Canadian Films. How to suggest an actual human life on film? They are not parrots, and music is not a woman. He fell in love with music in the same way that parrots sometimes mistakenly bond with their human owners.
As his birthday approaches, Gould becomes concerned that no one will attend his funeral, despite being aware of strong record sales in and Japan. Also, due to the gross elitism fostered by the European tradition, which was transported to both America and Canada in their formative years, a skewed consciousness was born and developed in the new land, which continues to this day. It deals not with celestial mechanics, but with yearnings. The 'films' really are quite short, and many of them are almost like small 'puzzles' which unfold so quickly that it's not until a second viewing that their underlying message becomes a bit more obvious, and it becomes clear how well-tied together all the shorts are. Canadian Glenn Gould, one of the most celebrated and controversial pianists in history, is honored in this brilliant cinematic portrait. Actor watched available video and listened to sound recordings of Gould in order to develop his performance. A merciless hypochondriac who popped pills incessantly and wore heavy clothing even in the middle of summer, Gould was also enormously talented, both as a pianist and a producer of highly unusual radio programs.
The film received positive reviews and won four , including. He hummed along while playing, and was totally unaware of this quirk. Some of the one to six minute segments are recreations, and others are interviews with people who knew him. Upgrade to hide ads 32 Short Films about Glenn Gould - 18 - Questions with no Answer Glenn Gould: Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould A collection of vignettes highlighting different aspects of the life, work, and character of the acclaimed Canadian classical pianist. For an hour and a half, without repeating himself or resorting to tactics that are even slightly familiar, Mr.
Wishing to have an screenwriter, Fichman and Girard proposed the idea to , who had a musical education. For myself, I have to relegate this film to the huge stack of failed attempts to give us a film about music that has the same power, and type of power, as that music. He was obsessed with his health, and had weird views, but he played Bach like an angel. A piano tuner, a chambermaid, an agent, cousin Jessie Norman and others talk about Glenn Gould. He recalls being able to read music before he could read books, and learned the music of from his mother.
The individual fragments are so meticulously realized that the whole becomes much greater than the sum of its parts. He has washed it away. In a media interview, Gould reveals that The Idea of North is one of only five of his documentaries about isolation, and that he intends to make a comedy next because he is tired of serious expression. A was released in in 2012. Story takes a back seat to image and music, and the result for the audience is a feel for the persona of Glenn Gould, rather than the story of his life. The great composers created works of great beauty based upon their own rich human experiences.