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Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould (Lorber Films) — As a longtime fan of Glenn Gould who previously only knew him through his music and the pretty much universal description of him as “a raging eccentric,” this intimate documentary portrait proves quite enlightening. Especially with regards to Gould’s early years, when, as a virtuosic teenager, he exuded the charisma and charm of James Dean or Marlon Brando. While he was indeed more strange than normal throughout his life—how could anyone that insanely talented not be—his later years found him crawling further into his shell. At two hours, Genius Within starts to feel a tad long, but, ultimately, it gives viewers a much more three-dimensional perspective on Glenn Gould the man as opposed to “Glenn Gould the genius.” Buy it on DVD or Blu-ray.
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