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Philip Glass: Looking Glass (Bilingual) [Import]

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Product Details

  • Format: Color, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English, French, German, Spanish
  • Subtitles: French, English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Juxtapositions
  • Release Date: Oct. 18 2005
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
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Philip Glass - Looking Glass

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Glass like glass Sept. 23 2006
By LuelCanyon - Published on
An excellent documentary about Glass and his music. Lots of music, and beautifully used throughout. Glass is so ordinary a man. Being a person completely present is what makes the ordinary extraordinary, and the same is true of his music. He tackles that transfixion with appealing intelligence, and calm that can dip towards a kind of trance. Watching him work in silence in his study is itself a little temple of the workman; yet the camera's patience with the scene makes appear a pantheon of gods instrumental to the artist's each action. A rich world; you immediately desire his silence and seclusion FOR him. Interesting energy this film emits in that respect - rushing seems out of place. Glass talks about many things artists are interested in - the health of our surroundings, the freedom technique affords, the maverick aspects of business and art - it's like a master class with none of the dull trappings. Generous helpings of music and staging from Akhnaten and Satyagraha, and long-time Glass advocate Dennis Russell Davies plays and conducts the rocketship Tirol Piano Concerto (premiered in Austria in 2000). Beautiful segments on the film scores, notably the Godfrey Reggio trilogy, and footage of installations/films to Glass' music that flat out astonishes! It feels like the film Glass himself would like to find made about his work. He's clear-headed as heck, &it's rewarding. Big recommendation, especially if you already love the music. I wish we had a film this fine about Feldman.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Great insight into Glass March 21 2006
By Edmund R. Gast - Published on
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This DVD is like being with Philip during his different venues of Composing, interacting with his agents, and other artists. This is a MUST HAVE, if you have any interest in Philp Glass' music. After viewing this DVD, I actually felt like I know him personally.
11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
An empty glass April 28 2008
By Roland - Published on
This film is a sorry excuse for a documentary. 90% of the time all there are segments of random events that Glass is involved in, wether it is a phone call, plugging in his VCR, walking down the street while talking about things unrelated to his music, and other times where nobody is really saying anything. This film seems like the material that ordinarily would have been left on the cutting room floor. I was very much let down by this film, since I am a serious Glass fan. I expected much more than this drivel!! Total joke!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful film. Feb. 10 2012
By D. Oh - Published on
Wonderful film that attempts to capture the essence and great humanity of Philip Glass, a brilliant, inspired composer. If you're not familiar with his music or have trouble accessing it, this may help open you up to his world, or rather more accurately, a reflection back into your own world.
Annoying. Oct. 15 2015
By C5B6 - Published on
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The dvd took forever to load to the menu.
The English subtitles would not work. 2% of the film is in German, 2% is in French.
There's a lot of unnecessary footage.
There's a lot of footage of Glass being annoyed and trying to figure out where his music was put in in the movies that his music was composed for. It made me so annoyed with Phillip Glass, that by the mid of it, I started getting annoyed with Phillip Glass's music.
There's very little insight into his ideas behind composition, which starts after more than half way through the film, but I was already annoyed by him.
So overall I was annoyed. But it gave me some ideas from hearing his music to copy it, or use it as a guideline, although there wasn't that much of his music, but he says it himself at around 10 min that he simply copied music of others to learn orchestration, music, etc. He says it's a good way to learn, so I guess that's what I'll do. There's some good philosophical questions like "Where does music come from?" but are left unanswered.
There's better documentaries out there.