A Portrait Of Philip In Twelve Parts

DVD - 2009
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For 18 months, award-winning director Scott Hicks followed the legendary composer Philip Glass across three continents, creating a remarkable portrait of one of the greatest artists of all time. Allowed unprecedented access to Glass's working process and long time collaborators, Hicks provides a unique glimpse into the composer's life.
Publisher: [United States] : Koch Lorber Films ; Port Washington, NY : Distributed by E1 Entertainment, c2009.
ISBN: 9781417201808
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (119 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.


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Dec 10, 2018

A very personal documentary of Philip Glass the husband and father as well as composer and musician. The focus is on the man and his relationships as much or more than his music. If you are more interested in Glass' music view Disk #2 which contains a 15-minute excerpt from "Dracula" with the Kronos Quartet; 30-minutes of Glass playing solo piano "Metamorphosis"; 30-minutes of various artists performing "Orion" (which expands on clips on Disk #1); and a 15-minute excerpt from the dance "Einstein on the Beach". Interesting contrasts between his home in New York City and his summer place on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.

SnoIsleLib_BrianH Mar 15, 2017

A well rounded documentary of composer Philip Glass. The subtitle for this film about Philip Glass could have been "a year in the life of". But the word portrait does come to mind when viewing as one gets to see over the year of filming Glass the wide range of his creative endeavor and impact his life and music have had both in the classical music world and composing music for film. My interest in music meant that I gave more consideration to his professional composing/performing life as I viewed this film. But those interested in his personal life and relationships with family and close friends/teachers/mentor/life coaches will find this movie satisfying to watch too as the filmmaker tactfully brings to light the personal side of this creative genius.

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