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4.6 out of 5 stars
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4.6 out of 5 stars
Genius Within [DVD]
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on 5 June 2017
An excellent production involving many of Glenn's closest intimates. I found his relationship with Cornelia Foss tough to take although I could appreciate where she was coming from I imagine he must have found that difficult to deal with emotionally - her daughter seemed much more sensitive about him when he died. His music in the background is sublime. Yes he was idiosyncratic - and that is demonstrated in the film - find me a "genius" that is not. He seduces me with every note he plays before reducing me to tears with the sheer beauty of his musicianship. This DVD goes some way towards demonstrating how he does that! Some criticized Glenn because he played too slow or altered the tempo or technique - the great Bernstein says "Who is the boss? I accompany Mr Gould" ! This was actually the best compliment he could give Glenn and other sources tell us he admired him tremendously. Fascinating glimpses of G's early tour to Russia - with valuable input from Vladimir A. The mood saddens towards the end when you get the sense that G was alone and taking extremely ill advised medication. A wonderful picture of an amazing life - not necessarily a happy life but an amazing life - and the legacy he left us with his recordings are sensational - and I think that is what he wanted to leave us deep in his heart - as near to perfect you could get. Years before his time with recording wouldn't he have loved digital streaming? I wish he hadn't been alone in the hospital those last days, conscious or not someone should have sat by him 24/7 humming the GV. He doesn't smile often but when he does - it's sheer magic- he lights up the universe! Thank you for this intimate film and for brilliance of your shining music Glenn.
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on 21 June 2016
An utterly compelling documentary with fascinating footage from the early years to the heartbreaking last. All the interviews with those close to him shed light on this complex driven genius. There is enough of his music, his unique, low-seated presence at the piano to draw the eye and ear. Particular mention should be made of the very many superb B&W still photos through the years. The final half hour or so is piercingly moving. No doubting his genius; no doubt about his complex and difficult obsession and the fact that he was a species of control freak both in his music and his life and relationships. But isn't this true of virtually all artists blessed with true genius? A truly absorbing, deep film to be viewed more than once.
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on 31 July 2017
A beautiful and thoughtful documentary about a beautiful and thoughtful man, very inspiring.
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on 13 January 2015
Second good DVD I have seen on life of Gould. This one more detailed and enlightening - never enough of him performing - but it doesn't disappoint.
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on 16 June 2017
Very good view of Glenn Gould and his life.
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on 19 June 2015
If you are a Gould fan, it's a must.
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on 9 September 2014
A marvellous purchase at an excellent price. I am thoroughly DELIGHTED. Thank you!
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on 22 October 2014
A fascinating portrait for anyone who likes Glenn Gould.
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on 6 April 2015
A fascinating insight to a genius...inspiring
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VINE VOICEon 21 March 2014
A lovingly put together film showing Glen Gould in all his contrary waywardness.His earlier efforts at being a concert pianist in Russia or in America.He is shown at a Bersntein-conducted event in which Mr Bernstein has to give a preliminary address to the effect that he has had to allow Mr Gould to have a leading say in how he would play the music in a way that Bernstein did not agree with.The clash of two geniuses.Gould is held in deep respect when he tours Russia,captivating audiences,he is the young maestro,bring the best of world composers,and pours himself out completely like a genius of great gifts for their benefits.There are statues of him in familiar garb that are shown throughout the film.

Gould gave up concert playing at a young age,devoting himself to recording music or doing documentaries that showed man's solitary nature,usually in the far north.The film details his earlier influences,an early piano teacher of great merit,in Toronto who showed him how to play flatly with his fingertips.This is accompanied by interviews with fellow colleagues and friends.His self presentation is eccentric:long overcoat, gloves,scarf and flat cap,wherever he takes himself.He put me in mind of one of those supersuave personas Jerry Lewis adopted in some of his films.He was suave, elegant,debonair,witty,given to bouts of humour, taking on different disguises in photos.He also took a rolled up bed and the same small stall everywhere he played.

Gould had to rise to publicising his musicianship and is shown taking on different yet characteristic poses in publicity shots and photographs.Gould's mother is shown being concerned about the place life is taking him to, especially as regards relations with the opposite sex.Glen has normal heterosexual needs and likes women a lot and is shown to befriend women he meets on his journeys.However because of the demands he places on himself,he would have been difficult to live with.However Glen loves animals and children.He lives with a married woman, Cornelia Foss for 4 years who has separated from her musician husband.Her children love him and he's affectionate to them.He watches Get Smart on TV with them and knows all the plots.He also makes one documentary on the `folk songs' of Petula Clark,intriguing!Clark says she wish she could have met him.He obviously had a crush.

Glen is shown to be an innovator in music,bringing new ways of interpreting the classics,giving Beethoven or Mozart different time schemes to revivify the music.He is shown in lots of documentary footage walking in the depths of nature often byflowing rivers,moving his arms like a composer as he walks along,or strolling on a beach.He was a bit of a hypochondriac,often recording his physical obs obsessively,and taking a heavy cocktail of prescription drugs(too many)for anxiety/depression.When he was about to learn a piece at home on his 1st take he often played with the TV and radio on full blast and asked the housekeeper to hoover too,this was to prevent him losing his concentration!There is an ultimate mystery about the man,his eccentricities often drowned his personality and he was a control freak.But if you want to see the man behind the music,this film reveals the man behind the icon.
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