Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould is an imaginative and engaging work of art which pioneers a new form of screen biography.
Co-writer and director Francois Girard circles around the life and artistry of Canadian pianist Glenn Gould. Through 32 vignettes, we gain access to the idiosyncratic essence of this reclusive man who loved short piano pieces, the vast spaces of Canada, pills, telephones, humming, radio, recording studios, books, and fingerless gloves. Colm Feore does a masterful job portraying Gould, who died of a heart attack in 1982 at the age of 50. The best thing about this innovative film is that it proves that some people can thrive on solitude.