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Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts

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Philip Glass

Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
runtime:
118 minutes
Limited Release Date:
04/18/08
director:
Scott Hicks
distributor:
Koch Lorber
genre:
Documentary, musical

We gave it a B

For 18 months, director Scott Hicks (Shine) followed Philip Glass around with a camera, and when the famous composer isn’t scoring a film with Woody Allen or premiering an opera in Erfurt, Germany, he’s cooking pizzas, walking along the beach, or talking with his two little boys on iChat. For fans, Glass is an informal and affectionate demystification of the artist that — like most movies about creators — can’t quite penetrate the mysteries of the art; it plays best as a long hang-out session with a friendly 70-year-old. B