April 17, 2008 at 04:00 AM EDT

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

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