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Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould


Glenn Gould: The Inner Life pierces through the myths, revealing the man beneath the icon and reconstructing his thoughts on music, art, society, love and life. It weaves together an unprecedented array of very rare archival footage with interviews of Gould’s closest friends, some of whom have never spoken about him before, plus never-before-heard home recordings and excerpts from his private diaries. Though many have delved into the eccentricities of Gould’s life, they have been distracted by the pills, gloves, and scarves. This documentary does not miss the man or the message behind the music.


  • Genius Within looks and sounds as captivating as its story.
    Eye Weekly, KIERAN GRANT
  • This is not ʹjust another Gould filmʹ. This is the film that Gouldʹs colleagues, critics and other music lovers want you to see
  • See this fascinating film, a must‐see for any music lover
    Taylor Berry, SHE DOES THE CITY
  • This film 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...
  • Genius begets Genius . . . a Film worthy of its Subject.
    John McGreevy, Producer/Director “Glenn Gould’s Toronto
  • Everyone interested in Gould should see this movie
    Colin Eatock, WHOLE NOTE BLOG
  • A wealth of archival material...A fine biographical portrait
    Christopher Jones, LIVE WITH CULTURE.CA
  • A stunning array of archival footage highlighted by personal anecdotes from close friends...
    Steve Gow, METRO
  • ...Packed with compelling interviews...The documentary is a fascinating record of a key moment in our cultural history
  • If you want to know why this man is considered one of the greatest pianists of the last century ...or if you just want to encounter a veritable fireworks display of personality, this is the movie to see.
  • You leave Genius Within in a wondrous daze... Repeat: you leave Genius Within, but it does not leave you. Maximum thumbs and huzzahs to Genius Withinʹs makers Michèle Hozer & Peter Raymont.
    Ron Davis, Musician, THE PIANOBLABBER BLOG

Festival Participation

  • Toronto International Film Festival, Canada - 2009
  • Vancouver International Film Festival, Canada - 2009
  • International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, Netherlands - 2009
  • Atlantic International Film Festival, Canada - 2009
  • Kingston Film Festival, Canada - 2010
  • Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival, Greece - 2010
  • Bermuda International Film Festival, Bermuda - 2010
  • Honolulu Film Festival, USA - 2010
    Silver Lei Award
  • Full Frame Film Festival, USA - 2010
  • Sarasota Film Festival, USA - 2010
  • Minnesota International Film Festival, USA - 2010
  • Seattle International Film Festival, USA - 2010
  • Yorkton Film Festival, Canada - 2010
    Golden Sheaf Award for Best Arts and Culture Doc
  • Sydney International Film Festival, Australia - 2010
  • International Documentary Association Awards - 2010
    Best Music Documentary Award

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