The New York Times has a review of the new Glenn Gould documentary “Genius Within: The Inner Life Of Glenn Gould” by Canadian filmmakers Peter Raymont and Michele Hozer.
Though he grew averse to playing the piano onstage, Gould was not shy about giving interviews, and this documentary is suffused with his chatty, witty and brilliant personality. The more difficult aspects of his personality are attested to, always with great affection, by friends, fellow musicians, collaborators and two of the women who shared his life.
But the film is careful not to be too critical of its subject or to stray too far into speculation about the inner life that is its ostensible concern. Much recent discussion about Gould has tried to place him not only in the pantheon of classical musicians, but also on the autism spectrum. His name pops up frequently on lists of famous people believed to have Asperger’s syndrome, but Mr. Raymont and Ms. Hozer leave this area of inquiry unexplored, perhaps not wishing to affix a medical label to their subject’s personality.
Read the full review at The New York Times