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Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts (2007)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography, Music | 18 April 2008 (USA)
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Academy Award®-nominated director Scott Hicks ("Shine") documents an eventful year in the career and personal life of distinguished Western classical composer Philip Glass as he interacts ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Philip Glass ... Self
Holly Critchlow Holly Critchlow ... Self - Philip Glass' fourth wife
Chuck Close ... Self
JoAnne Akalaitis JoAnne Akalaitis ... Self - Philip Glass' first wife
Kurt Munkacsi Kurt Munkacsi ... Self - producer
Scott Hicks ... Self (voice)
Maki Namekawa Maki Namekawa ... Self - concert pianist
Marlow Glass Marlow Glass ... Self - Philip Glass' son
Cameron Glass Cameron Glass ... Self - Philip Glass' son
Dennis Russell Davies Dennis Russell Davies ... Self
Sheppie Abramowitz Sheppie Abramowitz ... Self - Philip Glass' sister
Marty Glass Marty Glass ... Self - Philip Glass' brother
Stokes Howell Stokes Howell ... Self
Rebecca Litman Rebecca Litman ... Self
Zack Glass Zack Glass ... Self - Philip Glass' son
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Academy Award®-nominated director Scott Hicks ("Shine") documents an eventful year in the career and personal life of distinguished Western classical composer Philip Glass as he interacts with a number of friends and collaborators, who include Chuck Close, Ravi Shankar, and Martin Scorsese. Written by Anonymous

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In July 2005, filmmaker Scott Hicks started shooting a documentary about the composer Philip Glass to celebrate his 70th anniversary in 2007.


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This documentary was made to mark the 70th anniversary in 2007 of its subject, composer Philip Glass See more »

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Philip Glass: [voiceover] I never was a captive of other people's ideas about me. Whatever they thought, that didn't bother to me, I did what I wanted to, and um - I didn't care. I've been like that my whole life, and - it saved me a lot of trouble. Even when it came to writing music I didn't care what people thought. You know, there's a lot of music in the world, you don't have to listen to mine. There's Mozart, there's the Beatles, listen to something else! You don't have to listen to this. You...
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Simply fabulous
16 May 2009 | by jjc1-1See all my reviews

I became more aware of Glass's music one Halloween afternoon as I was driving north in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana. Up to then, I knew him as a minimalist favored by certain intellectual circles. The college station played the music written for the original Dracula movie for a reissue that I don't think ever came off; at least I haven't seen it. I was astonished by its gorgeous emotional power. It was as great in its own way as was the movie starring Bela Lugosi. The score told you how even evil can long. The documentary unfolds like a well written novel and you see the 60s hippie who knowingly or unknowingly kept company with the loathsome Alan Ginsberg, beatnik poet and founder of the pedophile NAMBLA, mature from a young composer who tortured his early audiences with six-hour performances of sterile music to an artist who discovered melody and the need to write music that spoke to the soul. A driven workaholic consumed by his work, he is shown in charming family scenes making meals and playing with his children. But the documentary is honest and we see all is not well. The final scenes include his stunning opera based on a novel by Coetzee about the dangers of becoming the very barbarians who threaten our world. One of the best documentaries I've ever seen.


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Opening Weekend USA:

$5,546, 20 April 2008

Gross USA:

$20,018

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$32,089
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