Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould: The Screenplay by Francois Girard
THIRTY TWO SHORT FILMS ABOUT GLENN GOULD
Please contact mpub-help umich. For more information, read Michigan Publishing's access and usage policy. The purpose of art is not the release of a momentary ejection of adrenaline but is, rather, the gradual, lifelong construction of a state of wonder and serenity. The Canadian cinema involves a rich assortment of films spanning different languages, genres, narrative preoccupations, and stylistic strategies. From the Inuktitut features of Zacharias Kunuk to the family dramas of Xavier Dolan, along with National Film Board animated shorts and graphic body horror, the national oeuvre is consistently defined by experimentation and innovation.
How to suggest an actual human life on film? Most biopics shape the enigmatic events of life into the requirements of fiction, so that most lives seem the same, and only the professions and the time periods change. Francois Girard's "Thirty Two Short Films about Glenn Gould" brilliantly breaks with tradition and gives us a movie that actually inspires us to think about what it was like to be this man. Glenn Gould , born in Toronto, could play and read music before he was four years old. Taught only by his mother until he was 10, he was soon giving concerts in Canada and the United States, where Leonard Bernstein was one of his admirers.
Directed by Francois Girard. With Colm Feore, Derek Keurvorst, Katya Ladan, Devon Anderson. A collection of vignettes highlighting different aspects of the life, .
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The film is presented as a series of 31 short films rather than as one narrative. Segments include documentaries, consisting of interviews with individuals who knew the real Gould, and reenactments of episodes in Gould's life. With memories revolving around the family's cottage near Lake Simcoe , Glenn Gould recalls how in his childhood, he had ostensibly made the decision to become a concert pianist at age five. In fact, he believes his mother had already chosen that career for him. He recalls being able to read music before he could read books, and learned the music of Johann Sebastian Bach from his mother.