Flash Movie Review: Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts

In my yoga classes I mention how the right side of the body is our masculine, our sun side. The left side is our feminine, our lunar side. For some individuals one side may be more dominant than the other, it is just the way we are. I mention it simply as an awareness so when we do our poses, members can notice if one side is less challenged than the other. Part of yoga is finding balance within ourselves. My yoga teacher kept reminding us before we went into a pose to always start with the side that is more challenging. I, in turn, share this idea with my classes. In the scientific world there is the theory that the left side of the brain is skilled with numbers, logic and reasoning; the right side is proficient with colors, creativity and music. Through my life I have done some things that focused more on the right side of my brain like going to college originally to become a veterinarian. Then there were things I did that nourished the left side of my brain such as taking up the piano for 8 years. I have always been fascinated on how the mind works in highly creative people. In this documentary by Academy Award nominated director Scott Hicks (Shine, The Lucky One), the subject was composer Philip Glass. Scott spent over a year following Philip, taking the footage and breaking it down into twelve segments for this movie. Besides filming Philip collaborating with such artists as Martin Scorsese, Ravi Shankur and Woody Allen; we were privy to his home life with wife and kids. The segments I enjoyed the most were the ones that showed Philip working on his compositions, his creative process. Scenes showing life at home were okay for me, though a couple of them were quite poignant. Philip’s minimalistic style may not be pleasing for some individuals, but this biography focused more towards the creation of such music. I wished there had been more scenes devoted to Philip letting the right side of his brain flourish. As documentaries go, this one kept an even balance showing the daily life of a multifaceted music master.


3 stars — DVD


About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on February 16, 2013, in Documentary and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. That’s interesting. I was a left handed rugby player at one time – obviously confused.
    I am always amazed at how in yoga, changing the nostril you breath out of can impact your mood. I think the most important part of yoga or martial arts is the breathing… that can change your life.

  2. Thank for this post. The video and your thoughts are very inspiring. That we are imbalanced and that it is OK, to listen to other music! There is a lot out there or within ourselves yet to discover.

  3. I love Chuck Close’s knock knock Philip Glass close; made me laugh out loud. Can’t wait to see this. 🙂

  4. Immanuell Domunge

    I saw a film with glass music back in the eighthes. good music bad movie.

  5. Had not heard of this film, but the review and trailer look fascinating!

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