Thirty two short films about glenn gould

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Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould: The Screenplay by Francois Girard

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Music on Film: Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould

Please contact mpub-help umich. For more information, read Michigan Publishing's access and usage policy. The purpose of art is not the release of a momentary ejection of adrenaline but is, rather, the gradual, lifelong construction of a state of wonder and serenity. The Canadian cinema involves a rich assortment of films spanning different languages, genres, narrative preoccupations, and stylistic strategies. From the Inuktitut features of Zacharias Kunuk to the family dramas of Xavier Dolan, along with National Film Board animated shorts and graphic body horror, the national oeuvre is consistently defined by experimentation and innovation. Moreover, there is an ongoing interest in interrogating elements of personal and national identity, such as gender and masculinity in Goin' Down the Road Donald Shebib, and issues affecting indigenous communities, as in the prolific documentaries of Alanis Obomsawin.


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In the control room of a recording studio, the engineers discuss the merits of taking cream in their coffee, only half-noticing the enraptured figure behind the soundproof glass. There, Glenn Gould Colm Feore begins by casually testing his blood pressure, then listens to a playback of his recording of Bach. To the sounds of the English Suite No. Far removed from the engineers' prosaic talk, he seems truly to have passed into another dimension. The audience for "Thirty-Two Short Films About Glenn Gould," a brilliant and transfixing cinematic portrait by Francois Girard, can look forward to enjoying much the same sensation.

Signing up enhances your TCE experience with the ability to save items to your personal reading list, and access the interactive map. Non-linear in its construction, the film is made up of 32 segments, each of which explains a facet of Gould's complex interior life the title refers to the number of the Goldberg Variations, Gould's most famous interpretation. Gould's odd relationships with friends, his obsession with long phone calls, his ideas about music and the human voice are just a few of the themes dealt with in the film. Several segments deal with his celebrated radio documentary, The Idea of the North. Another sequence attempts to reconstruct the abstract symphony of human and mechanical sound as it might have struck Gould when he entered a truck stop on the edge of Toronto, a concept of sound and music that was central to Gould's radio work. Thirty Two Short Films marked a shift in style for Canada's semi-commercial cinema. Experimental filmmaker Arthur Lipsett's innovative assembly of film fragments may have influenced the structure of Girard's film, while Michael SNOW 's minimalism could have inspired the sequence in Thirty Two Short Films composed only of extreme close-ups of piano hammers hitting the strings.


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