Thirty-two Short Films about Glenn Gould

Director: Francois Girard
Screenwriters: Francois Girard, Don McKeller

Institute History

  • 1994 Sundance Film Festival


Pianst Glenn Gould had all the marks of genius—blinding talent. a craving for perfection, and absolute bullheadedness from his position at the head of McLuhan-era Toronto he single-handedly set a new standard for playing Bach, then retired from performance at the height of his success to explore the possibilities of recording. Impatient with the stiff traditions of the classical music world. Gould became increasingly absorbed in media.

Francois Girard plunges directly Into the storm of Gould's Ideas, his music and his passions, adopting a restlessly original style to match his subject. Unfolding in thirty-two elegant, richly intelligent scenes, this is a film that Gould himself would admire. Actor Colin Feore completely inhabits the role, drawing us fully into the musician's universe—his thoughts on everything from technology to northern climates, his fondness for prescription drugs, and above all, his love for the tonalities of order. Still, through all his quirks and obsessions. Gould's music plays like an urgent reminder of the one thing that outlasts all eccentricity: his brilliance.

Monday Jan 24 3:30 pm
Park City Library Center

Tuesday Jan 25 8:00 pm
Sundance Screening Room

Thursday Jan 27 6:00 pm
Tower Theatre, Salt Lake City

Saturday Jan 29 1:00 pm
Egyptian Theatre


— Toronto Film Festival

Screening Details


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