Glenn Gould From A To Z (by Michael Stegemann)
When Anthony Hopkins, playing the part of Hannibal Lecter in Jonathan Demme’s The Silence of the Lambs (1991), tucks into the liver of a guard he has just butchered, he is seen clearly enjoying himself while listening to Glenn Gould playing the Aria from Bach’s Goldberg Variations. Other films, too, use Gould’s recordings as part of their soundtrack, notably Mike Hodges’s The Terminal Man (1974) and Anthony Minghella’s The English Patient (1996). Such films confirm the impact of Gould’s playing, an impact that went far beyond the world of music. Gould in turn was a self-confessed cineaste – his favourite film was Hiroshi Teshigahara’s Woman in the Dunes (1964). He also contributed to two films, compiling and partially composing the soundtrack: George Roy Hill’s Slaughterhouse Five (1972) and Richard Nielsen’s The Wars (1982). In the circumstances, it is hardly surprising that Gould himself was the subject of a feature film: François Girard’s Thirty-Two Short Films About Glenn Gould (1993) is a fascinating homage to an exceptional artist.