Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve
Philip Glass is a true music genius and this documentary takes the viewer
into the life of this most remarkable man. The music of Glass has been
embraced by musicians, directors and other entertainment facets of the
world and through interviews with colleagues, friends and other artists,
this documentary pieces together the puzzle of Philip Glass. Of course,
it also gives us a unique insight into what makes him tick.
His passion for music is truly quite
riveting as is his passion for life, especially from a man in his 70’s
who should be slowing down. However Glass continues to work and ensures
that each piece that he rights is his best at the time.
Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts is directed by Scott Hicks who
happens to highlight the
weaknesses and flaws of this amazing musician such as the relationship
with his considerably younger wife and his perfectionist approach to
everything he does.
The whole experience of this series
is quite surreal, almost hypnotic with a touch of bipolar added for
spice which includes happiness and depression, as is the music of the
master, Philip Glass. A very gripping documentary!
Interview with director Scott Hicks
Bonus Performances: Kronos Quartet’s “Dracula” rehearsal;
“Metamorphosis” Solo performance; “Orion” (performance); “Einstein on
the Beach” Adelaide rehearsal (extract)