These two classic documentaries show different sides of legendary Canadian pianist, Glenn Gould.
ON THE RECORD follows Gould to New York City. There, we see the renowned concert pianist kidding the cab driver, bantering with sound engineers at Columbia Records, and then, alone with the piano, fastidiously recording Bach's Italian Concerto.
In OFF THE RECORD, Gould enjoys a respite at his lakeside cottage. This is an aspect of Gould previously known only to the collie pacing beside him through the woods, the fishermen resting their oars to hear his piano, and fellow musicians like Franz Kraemer, with whom Gould talks of composition. Both films are directed by Roman Kroitor & Wolf Koenig, who were well-known for their pioneering use of cinema vérité.