Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould

  |  Book Tickets: 11/02/2011
  |  Buy to Own: 29/08/1995
  |  93 min
Rated U by the BBFC


An expressionistic film biography of the Canadian pianist, Glenn Gould, who shot to fame in the fifties with his recording of Bach's 'Goldberg Variations' and subsequently retired from concert playing live at the end of the sixties. The film blends dramatised scenes from his life, documentary footage, and excerpts from his interviews and his legendary radio documentaries like 'The Idea Of North'. The whole film soundtrack is composed of Gould's many piano recordings of Bach, Sibelius, Wagner and Schoenberg - including Bach's 'Prelude In D Minor', the recording which was one of the artefacts placed on the Voyager probe, launched into space to greet other civilisations.