Kevin Kopelson, 3 April 1997
Show More Shine: The Screenplay by Jan Sardi.
Bloomsbury, 176 pp., £7.99, January 1997, 0 7475 3173 0Show More
The Book of David by Beverley Eley.
HarperCollins, 285 pp., £8.99, March 1997, 0 207 19105 0Show More
Love You to Bits and Pieces: Life with David Helfgott by Gillian Helfgott, with Alissa Tanskaya.
Penguin, 337 pp., £6.99, January 1997, 0 14 026546 5Show More
“... Why are we being compelled to think about how male pianists speak? King Vidor’s A Song to Remember (1945) exerted no such pressure. Nor did Max Ophuls’s Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948). Yet, while Jane Campion’s The Piano (1993) presented a woman incapable of speech, François Girard’s Thirty-Two Short Films about Glenn Gould (1994) presented a man who was abnormally articulate – one who in the 22nd film, for example, rehearses the revealing personal ad: ‘Friendly, companionably reclusive, socially unacceptable, alcoholically abstemious, tirelessly talkative, zealously unzealous, spiritually intense, minimally turquoise, maximally ecstatic loon seeks moth or moths with similar equalities for purposes of telephonic seduction, Tristan-esque trip-taking ...”