Genius Within - The Inner Life of Glenn Gould details
|Formats:||Ex DVD, U Blu-ray|
|Directors:||Michele Hozer, Peter Raymont|
|Studio:||FUSION MEDIA SALES|
Genius Within - The Inner Life of Glenn Gould
|Run time:||1 hour 49 minutes|
|Rental release:||28 Mar 2011|
Most helpful review
Gouldberg VariationsBy zorilla (228 reviews) from Kew, Richmond , 27 May 2011
[Highly rated reviewer]An intriguing, enigmatic documentary about one of the most intriguing, enigmatic men of the 20th century. It asks as many questions as it answers, none more profound than why would he choose Petula Clark as one of his many obsessions and his 'folk rock singer' of choice?
If you are interested in Glen Gould, this is a must.By Stupoo (1 review) , 20 Mar 2013I am a professional musician, and have recordings of Glen Goulds playing. I found that this DVD was very satisfying to watch because of it's in-depth examination and appraisal of this talented musician. The various interviews with the people who knew him intimately, were very revealing.
Not a very beautiful mindBy hmibennett (59 reviews) from Thoralby, near Leyburn (North Yorks) , 29 Jun 2011
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideAre all geniuses unpleasant or at least very imperfect people? Many would say yes and this fascinating, but ultimately rather frustrating, film would lend weight to that view. Interesting because I learnt a lot that I did not know about the life of Glenn Gould, especially his forays into art forms other than music and his enjoyment of female company: for some reason, I had always assumed he was a rather ascetic person when it came to matters of the flesh and the heart! Frustrating, however, because there is no sustained attempt to analyse why we still listen to, and enjoy, many of his recordings which - on the face of it - perpetuate readings of major compositions that are mad or ridiculous. And yet, something like his first recording of the 'Goldberg' variations, hurried through in about half the time taken by an acknowledged modern maestro such as Angela Hewitt, retains a spellbinding power. In the end, again, I guess that's genius - not nice, maybe, not sensible, even - but unforgettable.
Good introduction to a musical geniusBy a customer , 08 Jun 2011This film was a useful biographical survey of Glenn Gould, and I found it useful as I came to the subject knowing only his music. It's a chronological account of his life, with lots of interviews with people who knew him, plus archive footage, and chances to hear and see him play.
A must-see for fans of classical music. I went from the film to find recordings of his work, especially the later Goldberg Variations, which are breathtakingly sad.
A one-off, genuine artist:worth a rental.
Gouldberg VariationsBy zorilla (228 reviews) from Kew, Richmond , 27 May 2011An intriguing, enigmatic documentary about one of the most intriguing, enigmatic men of the 20th century. It asks as many questions as it answers, none more profound than why would he choose Petula Clark as one of his many obsessions and his 'folk rock singer' of choice?
Enlightening and worth seeingBy a customer , 07 Apr 2011Almost any documentary on Glenn Gould cannot fail to illuminate some aspect of his character and his musicianship. This is no exception, in spite of the cheesy title. Gould is an endlessly fascinating individual and artist. This film dwells more on his life than on his music, and I would have liked to see and hear more of him speaking about music (as in an excellent BBC documentary about a couple of years ago). It is good to see some previously unseen films of him. Some issues that are normally covered in a film about his life are skirted, but overall it is worth seeing if you are interested in Gould, Bach, or music.
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