32 Short Films About Glenn Gould

MPAA Rating: G

Entertainment: +1 1/2

Content: +3

This collage offers 32 brief glimpses of world renowned concert pianist, Glenn Gould. The eccentric Canadian, played by Colm Feore, began playing as a young boy whose mother instilled in him a love for classical music. His love for music consumed his life. Despite his fame, however, Gould's humility and sense of humor endeared him to his friends and acquaintances. One segment titled "Truck Stop" shows Gould driving up to a popular truck stop, his car radio blaring Petula Clark's "Downtown." As he enters the cafe, he is greeted like a regular, takes a seat and seems to enjoy eavesdropping on the other truckers' conversations. The eccentric pianist stunned the music world in 1964 when he announced his public life was over. No more public appearances, just recordings. The musical backdrop of Gould's piano sometimes drowns out dialogue, but Gould fans and music lovers will find 32 FILMS a fascinating study of the artist.

Health problems required Gould to take a variety of pills, including some for depression, high blood pressure and headaches. Consequently, he became dependent on some very powerful medications. Still, he maintained his very demanding schedule, never giving in to his physical weaknesses. Gould never married, but enjoyed the company of women. One of his eccentricities was to call friends at all hours of the night, just to talk, sometimes for hours. When he died in 1982, Gould was just 50 years old. 32 FILMS has absolutely no violence or sexual content. Offensive language includes one regular profanity and one crudity.

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon
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