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Re: [F_minor] GG at TIFF
Thank you for the precious infos Penny!
Do you happen to know if also europeans will be able to watch the movie in
theaters soon? Or we will have to wait to purchase the DVD?
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From: "Penny Johnson" <email@example.com>
Sent: Thursday, September 17, 2009 4:52 AM
Subject: [F_minor] GG at TIFF
To give a quick reply to the person asking about the new documentary that
screened at TIFF this week - Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould -
I am happy to report that this will likely become the gauge by which we
measure the quality of future films about Gould. It is a brilliant and
highly accurate piece of work, in that the many interviews conducted, were
done with those who were closest to Gould. The Foss family is absolutely
delightful, and one really gets a sense of how much of Gould's public facade
was just that. While the film is not just about his relationships with
women, namely Cornelia Foss, it does make up a good portion. And rightly
so, because never before have we been able to see this other side of Gould.
There are some incredible pictures AND footage which has never been seen
before. The film does not sensationalize anything or anyone, nor does it
perpetuate the myth of him being a recluse who wears winter clothing in the
summer. Gould definitely had issues with being in control, and totally knew
what he was doing in creating his own image. Let's face it, we all still
buy into it to some extent. This film goes beyond that, as I said, and
shows us a side that has not yet been revealed. We need to know this side
existed, not to be nosy or anything, but more importantly, to have an
accurate conception of who he was and what he was about. It's a brilliant
film and you all MUST see it! It's worth it for the interviews alone, never
mind the footage. I particularly liked the interviews with Lorne Tulk,
Kevin Bazzana and Pet Clark. Yes, she's in it too!
On a side note, we were informed that the film will be in theatres across
Canada very soon, and also that an American company has purchased the rights
to show it in that country. I believe that company will be announced
shortly. In the US, the film will show in about 30 different cities. Back
here in Canada, a shortened version of the film will air on Valentine's day,
on the Bravo! network. As for when it comes out on DVD, I have been advised
by the Estate that it likely won't be for at least another 6 months.
Indeed, something to look forward to!
Best wishes from Toronto!
Penny Johnson (Contributing Author, The Glenn Gould Foundation)