Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould

François GirardCanada / Netherlands / Portugal / Finland98 minutes1993PGColourEnglish French

View Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould during the Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould with Colm Feore and Don McKellar event.

Director François Girard and scenarist Don McKellar present a kaleidoscopic vision of the great Canadian pianist, exploring various aspects of his life, career, and artistic sensibility with sometimes radically contrasting formal approaches.

One of the most successful Canadian films of all time, François Girard's multifaceted portrait of the great Canadian pianist is revered by both those who know everything about Gould and those who know next to nothing. Adopting the structure of Bach's Goldberg Variations, Girard and scenarist Don McKellar present a kaleidoscopic vision of Gould (masterfully played, 32 times over, by Colm Feore), exploring various aspects of his life, career, and artistic sensibility with sometimes radically contrasting formal approaches. The film views Gould as phenomenon and enigma, and remains the most trenchant and comprehensive account of the artist as a mythic figure within the Canadian cultural landscape and the world of classical music.

This film screens for free on April 19, REEL CANADA’s National Canadian Film Day 150, as part of TIFF’s Canada on Screen programme. Canada on Screen celebrates the Sesquicentennial with free screenings of our country’s essential moving-image works throughout the year.

Le 19 avril, ce film sera présenté gratuitement dans des salles Film Circuit sélectionnées, dans le cadre de la Journée du cinéma canadien 150 de REEL CANADA et du programme Canada à l’écran du TIFF. Toute l’année, Canada à l’écran célèbre le 150e anniversaire du Canada avec des projections gratuites qui mettent en valeur les oeuvres cinématographiques et vidéographiques essentielles de notre pays.

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