Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould (Francois Girard, 1993)

The Criterion Collection, a continuing series of important classic and contemporary films presents Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould.

criterion logoFrançois Girard provides in this unconventional bio-pic a compelling and memorable exploration of Canadian musician Glenn Gould, arguably the 20th Century’s greatest classical pianist. Through thirty-two elegantly constructed vignettes mixing drama, documentary, animation, and avant-garde, Girard reveals glimpses of Gould as performer, recording artist, humorist, outdoorsman, speculator, recluse, and iconoclast. Taken together, Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould offers a prismatic understanding of Gould’s complex genius and his personal struggles without dispelling the enigmatic power of his legend.

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The O Canada Blogathon 2017

O Canada BannerFebruary approaches and thanks to Kristina at Speakeasy and Ruth at Silver Screenings, it will once again be maple-flavoured as the O Canada! Blogathon returns for 2017! Thanks as always to Kristina and Ruth for organizing this event and letting MMC! participate!

MMC! will propose a Criterion treatment for François Girard’s fascinating Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould (1993), an unconventional biopic inspired by Bach’s Goldberg Variations and capturing the complexity of its subject through docudrama reenactments, talking head interviews, recitals and broadcasts of Gould’s work, abstract animation, and fourth wall-breaking interactions. Those looking for a refresher on the classical pianist should refer back to MMC!‘s tribute to the National Film Board of Canada and our post on Wolf Koenig and Roman Kroitor’s 1959 documentaries on Gould.