Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould
Directed by Francois Girard
I often throw a tantrum over biopics, as they are generally a hundred hours long and incredibly boring. This was actually an interesting format, but unfortunately, it couldn't sustain a ninety+ minute feature.
Glenn Gould is a famous pianist. This is a bit embarrassing, but I had never heard of him before. My knowledge of classical music consists of a symphony that I went to with my brother once. We left halfway through, because we wanted candy. Obviously, I am no authority. In any case, the film consists of 32 short movies, ranging from six minutes to one minute. Each has a distinct style that represents one aspect of Gould's life.
Some of the shorts really worked for me, others not so much. I suppose the entire thing would have interested me more if I had the slightest inkling who Glenn Gould was. While this film is mildly entertaining, it is not exactly an education.
Sorry for the lackluster review but it was a rather lackluster movie.
Based on Bach's "Goldberg Variations" which are 32 pieces of music that are usually played together.