This is so far the best film made about Glenn Gould. There are no annoying cleaver talks by various snobs which spoiled so many of previous documentaries. This is the documentary in a true sense, because it is filled with many footages in which Gould plays works of various composers he loved best (Schoenberg, Berg, Webern, Bach, Byrd, Gibbons, Scriabin, Wagner) and with interviews, Gould sharing captivating insight into their music.
To me the highlight of this documentary is the part two 'The Alchemist' in which Gould reveals facinating studio recording process and part three in which he comments on 2nd Viennese School and the composers.
The documentary concludes with wonderful complete performance of Bach's 6th Partita filmed in 1974 Toronto.
Why can't other labels produce this sort of straight forward ducumentary on GG, as there are still so many precious visual records of this extraordinary artist hidden decaying in archives. Just show them as they are, without diluting them with small talks by other people!
on 20 September 2010
If you care about the music coming out of the speakers, then this scores highly: an excellent performance of the Berg sonata, for example.
If you are enchanted by Gould the character, then this scores highly. He clearly loves the sound of his own voice and the mechanics of his own arguments. And the interviewer lets him talk.
If you don't like Gould's eccentricity, his squeaky folding chair and consequently bizarre posture, his commitment to editing in the studio (which you see in action), then stay away.
I loved it from the moment he walked in the door at the beginning.