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Running Time:
1 hour, 46 minutes

Rating: Unrated

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
A compelling look at all aspects of the legendary pianist, from his well-known eccentricities to his love affair with a woman who would ultimately turn away from him because of them.

Additional Info:
With so much filmed material and so many recordings to choose from, directors Peter Raymont and Michele Hozer have made a brilliant biographical film about this startlingly difficult man. With astonishing clarity the filmmakers present a portrait of an artist who never stayed still and never sold out. And all of this is sandwiched between his two exceptional recordings of the Goldberg Variations - the famous one that brought the impertinent youngster to the world stage, and the quirkier, more thoughtful one he recorded closer to his death.

Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould

Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould with Glenn Gould Glenn Gould was a hypochondriac. He wore mittens when he played, wore an overcoat on the beach in the summer and took anti-depressants and a cocktail of drugs that eventually changed his life. A sensation in his early concerts and recordings, he became the first rock star of the classical world. He scripted his life, created a persona and eventually became reclusive and paranoid. They said that even during his most prolific period, when recording in the studio, that he was a control freak, not with people, but with his work.

In 1957, on his first tour of Russia, they sold 1100 standing room tickets when he played in Leningrad. But he hated audiences, fame and celebrity. He always wrote the questions and answers to his interviews. Soon he became famous for cancelling concerts and often cancelled entire tours as well. Finally in 1963, at the age of 31 he stopped giving public performances altogether.

Gould didn’t want to be part of any group and refused to hang out with the in crowd. “If you threw stones at him, he would break,” a friend said. He embraced loneliness and damaged his health perfecting his art. He fitted no category and obeyed no rules. Between 1968 and 1972, he lived in Toronto with the wife of Lukas Foss an American composer and her two children. But because he was so difficult to live with, she eventually went back to her husband. Ten years later, at the age of 50, he died.

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