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Event Name: Canada On Screen - Thirty-two Short Films About Glenn Gould
Event Date(s): April 19, 2017
Location: Meaford
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Description: Canada On Screen | Thirty-two Short Films About Glenn Gould
Wed April 19, 4pm

Join us for Canada on Screen with a screening of THIRTY TWO SHORT FILMS ABOUT GLENN GOULD (1993), directed by François Girard. Pianist Glenn Gould had all the marks of us: blinding talent, a craving for perfection, and absolute bull-headedness. From his position at the heart of McLuhan-era Toronto, he single-handedly set a new standard for playing Bach, then retired from performance at the height of his success to explore the possibilities of recording. Impatient with the stiff traditions of the classical music world, Gould became increasingly absorbed in various media — mastering the intricacies of recording studios, creating radio documentaries, and preferring to conduct all interviews by telephone. François Girard (The Red Violin) plunges directly into the storm of Gould’s ideas, his music and his passions, adopting a restlessly original style to match his subject. Unfolding in 32 elegant, richly intelligent scenes, this is a film that Gould himself would have admired. Co-screenwriters Girard and Don McKellar (Window Horses) structure the film with a rare combination of playfulness and conceptual rigour. The camera moves with a beautiful, efficient grace. As Gould, Colm Feore (Mean Dreams, Bon Cop, Bad Cop) completely inhabits the role, drawing us fully into the musician’s universe — his thoughts on everything from technology to northern climates, his fondness for prescription drugs and, above all, his love for the tonalities of order. Still, through all his quirks and obsessions, Gould’s music plays like an urgent reminder of the one thing that outlasts all eccentricity: his brilliance.
*Canada on Screen is a project by TIFF to celebrate Canadian cinema and moving-image works. Canada on Screen’s aim is to identify, restore, and screen a list of 150 essential moving-image works from Canada's history based on a national industry professional poll. Film Circuit will be mounting 150 screenings of a selection of classic Canadian Film Circuit titles chosen from the master list of 150 works, taking place in communities across the country on Reel Canada's National Canadian Film Day: April 19, 2017.

Presented by Meaford Hall