Glenn Gould: Hereafter [Blu-ray]
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One charming conceit of the film is that Monsaingeon found five 'ordinary people' whose lives had been touched in special ways by Gould's playing and he filmed them in various activities connected with that. For instance, there is a former rock musician who goes pretty far to commemorate her emotional connection with Gould -- I won't spoil the surprise by telling you what it was she did. There is a Russian woman who develops a missionary fervor about exposing others to Gould's music. There is an Italian woman who makes a pilgrimage to Toronto and has a dialog with the startlingly lifelike statue of Gould that sits outside the Gould studio there.
One might wonder what more could be said about Gould after all the previous books and films about him. It is a tribute to Monsaingeon's art that he found a way to approach his subject in a new and fascinating manner.Read more ›
I won't say that this film *is* terrible, but I think it will be terrible to many viewers who approach this with high hopes of learning more about GG, the person (or musician, for that matter). Anyone who has read and enjoyed Kevin Bazzana's "A Wondrous Strange", for example, might approach this one with caution. Why? Well, because it's a hooky and kookey collection of reminiscenses about Gould by people who are in love with the idea of Gould. A Russian lady had her rheumaticism cured by listening to Gould on the radio, an Italian lady talks to (and even kisses? I don't remember) his spirit and statue in Toronto... it's the kind of mystisizing of Gould that will seem (legitimately) creepy to a lot of people. I could barely watch the whole thing. 'Tis tacky and really has nothing to do with Gould but rather the wackiness that he inspired in others - others who didn't even know him.
For what it is worth: I have talked to a friend of Glenn Gould's who has written prolifically about him (and edited his letters), who similarly shuddered in disgust about this film.
With so much visual material that is left of Gould himself (CBC material, his radio shows et al.), this can't be considered as seriously contributing to our understanding of Gould. I'd much rather recommend the "Thirty Two Short Films about Glenn Gould" semi-filmography.
To those who feel inclined to agree with the other, very positive reviews: I wish not to be so ungraceful as to take a bone from a dog... but caveat emptor!
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What most struck me about this film is how well the filmmaker fit visual images to Gould's music. This brought Gould's music alive and put some of it in a new perspective. Read morePublished on October 15, 2011 by DorianLS
I only know Gould through his recordings, so I looked forward to this film to tell me what he was like. It sort of does. Read morePublished on April 23, 2011 by Brad Smith
I believe that most people either adore Glenn Gould or cannot stand his style and interpretations. I for one still cherish my original Goldberg Variations LP recording! Read morePublished on February 20, 2011 by Brent E. Johnston
It is truly an intriguing "document". A genius is portrayed well but also his not particularly stable personality characteristics. Read morePublished on February 18, 2011 by Robert M. Fukada
If you are not familiar with Glen Gould, this is a great introduction. I was spellbound, and it wet my appetite for more. I bought The Goldberg Variations DVD very soon after. Read morePublished on February 23, 2009 by Jackie Paper
This is a Must Have for the many people who really like Glenn Gould. The clips of him discussing things, rehearsing, and playing are priceless. Read morePublished on July 13, 2007 by PrescottJer
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