American Masters

Glass: A Portrait of Philip In Twelve Parts

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Filmmaker Scott Hicks - director of the 1996 award winning feature film Shine and more recently No Reservations, for which Philip Glass wrote the score - documents an eventful, but apparently typical, year in the career and personal life of the distinguished composer as he interacts with family, friends and colleagues. Romping with his young children on the Nova Scotia coastline, cooking pizza and deconstructing philosophy in the farmhouse kitchen, creating new works in his cluttered Baltimore studio or collaborating with Chuck Close, Ravi Shankar and Woody Allen, this film follows Glass across three continents - from his annual ride on the Coney Island "Cyclone" in Brooklyn to the world premiere of his new opera in Germany and in performance with a didgeridoo virtuoso in Australia. It is a very intimate, often verite, portrait of artistic sensibility and pursuits.

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