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  • Summary: A uniquely intimate portrait of the music icon, Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts explores the contemporary composer's creative process in opera, concert, and film, interwoven with candid scenes of his personal and spiritual life. In July 2005, filmmaker Scott Hicks started shooting a documentary about the composer Philip Glass to celebrate his 70th birthday in 2007. Over the next 18 months, he followed Glass across three continents, from his annual ride on the Coney Island Cyclone roller coaster, to the world premiere of his new opera in Germany, to a performance with a didgeridoo virtuoso in Australia. Allowed unprecedented access to Glass' working process, family life, spiritual teachers, and longtime collaborators, including Martin Scorsese, Errol Morris, Chuck Close, Christopher Hampton, and others, Hicks gives audiences a remarkable mosaic portrait of one of the greatest--and at times controversial--artists of this or any era. (Koch Lorber Films) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Joshua Kosman
    With his self-deprecating demeanor and easy laugh, Glass is a congenial presence, and now and then he lets an insight drop.
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    As fascinating as Glass often is, it's simultaneously too conventional and not conventional enough.
  3. Reviewed by: Jeremy Eichler
    The lack of a credible external perspective beyond the narrative provided by Glass, his friends, family, and associates, makes the film feel too cozy.
  4. Much like its subject: affable, quotable and emotionally guarded in the extreme.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    Another superficial film about music from Scott Hicks ("Shine"), picture runs a distant second to the superior new film on John Adams and Peter Sellars, "Wonders Are Many," which really captures how a composer works.
  6. Reviewed by: Vadim Rizov
    Glass is a stupefyingly dull portrait of a man who doesn't seem to be lying when he says, "I have so few secrets."
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  1. Mar 31, 2011
    A must-see for every Philip Glass fan out there, the composer and the man really come across in this documentary and there is a great deal of insights about his musical upbringing and the cultural climate in which he developed his unique skills. Collapse
  2. Jan 3, 2013
    Fantastic poetic warm genial documentary on the life of Philip Glass. A must for any musik-lieber and for everyone else interested in the most universal human form of art. Absolutely brilliant. Expand