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Glenn Gould - Extasis
Glenn Gould - Extasis
Actor: Glenn Gould
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Musicals & Performing Arts
NR     2003     1hr 15min

Examines the passions of the late Canadian pianist, Glenn Gould.


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Actor: Glenn Gould
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Musicals & Performing Arts
Sub-Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Classical
Studio: Kultur Video
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 06/10/2003
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 15min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
Edition: Classical
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English, French

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Movie Reviews

88,000 Opinions About Glenn Gould
Libby | Huntington Beach, CA | 06/12/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)

"They should re-title this film "88,000 Opinions About Glenn Gould From People I Could Care Less About". This documentary was a 10 on the annoying scale. It is an endless parade of opinions from the "experts" regarding Glenn Gould. We never really get to hear GG play for more than a few seconds or hear him say something more than a few sentences. Although there are some respected commentators, sometimes they come off as barnacles who want to stand in front of this wonderful artist and give their opinions in order to touch greatness. Most of the film is dubbed in English but you can still hear the French in the background which combined with the constant interrupting of GG was too much to bare!"
Talk too much
Libby | 02/20/2004
(2 out of 5 stars)

"I guess this film originally comes from a French program featuring an introduction to Glenn Gould. Each track begins with a very short excerpt of Gould's playing, then followed by tons of different people's comments. However the program is unbalanced - around 90% of the time it is about talking, and as a result you cannot enjoy Gould's playing here (well, except the bonus part). Worse, each individual only gives a short talk for around 10~20 seconds, so you are not going to hear a seriously deep comments either.

I do not recommend this film to people who already know quite much about Gould, nor to those who buy dvd for watching Gould's playing."
So you want to write a bad fugue
F. Ng | NYC | 09/26/2003
(1 out of 5 stars)

"Ceaseless talking heads spend 60 unnecessary minutes attempting to sell you the Idea of Gould."
Ghosh! These Are More Gossips Than Anything Else
BLee | HK | 08/31/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)

"So we have lots of fair comments on this DVD here-- we have the least possible insights here.

The only interesting things here are the short clips of Glenn Gould playing things like Beethoven's symphonies on the keyboard. But these are scarce and would last only a minute or so each... Moreover, at least for the English audience, they have to bear with echoing sound of simultaneous interpretation all along which could be rather unpleasant.

For those who are interested in the life of this great pianist, they could instead go for "Glenn Gould, His Life and Times"; for those who would prefer to see and hear him on the keyboard, go for his "Goldberg Variations". And for those who prefer to hear him talk and explain, they could pick " The Alchemist"... And for those who have a particular capacity for gossips or the like, go for this one as well.