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Absolute Wilson (2006)

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"Absolute Wilson" chronicles the epic life, times and creative genius of Robert Wilson, intimately revealing for the first time one of the most controversial, rule-breaking and downright mysterious artists of our era. More than a biography, the film becomes an exhilarating exploration of the transformative power of creativity itself - and the inspirational tale of a boy who grew up as a troubled and learning-disabled outsider in the American South only to become a fearless artist with a profoundly original perspective to share with the world. The probing yet playful narrative reveals the deep inter-connections between Wilson's childhood experiences and the haunting beauty of his monumental works, which include the theatrical sensations "Deafman Glance," "Einstein on the Beach" and "The CIVIL WarS."more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Documentary
Directed By: , , , , , , , ,
Written By: Katharina Otto-Bernstein, Katharina Otto
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On DVD: Nov 13, 2007
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All Critics (30) | Top Critics (15)

It's difficult for the uninitiated to glean from this film a real sense of Wilson's oeuvre, or its influence on the zeitgeist.

Full Review… | February 9, 2007
Seattle Times
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Does a good basic job of recapitulating the highs and lows of a career filled with restless energy and an outsize drive to achieve.

Full Review… | January 26, 2007
Washington Post
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As a piece of entertainment, there's no getting around the fact that the film rises or falls on the degree to which the clips from Wilson's productions grab the viewer's attention and the ideas they embody arrest the mind.

Full Review… | January 12, 2007
San Francisco Chronicle
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Impressive as is Wilson's output and oeuvre, it's the fully-engaged, aesthetically driven life that fascinates. And Otto-Bernstein's movie is a portrait of an artist at his most essential, in every sense.

Full Review… | January 4, 2007
Los Angeles Times
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Wilson is the prime example of what happens when money is continually thrown at a voracious ego -- its creative universe keeps expanding until the money stops. One problem is that most of Wilson's works don't 'snapshot' very well as excerpts.

Full Review… | January 4, 2007
L.A. Weekly
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Katharina Otto-Bernstein's documentary provides an excellent introduction to the singular vision of avant-garde stage director Robert Wilson.

Full Review… | December 1, 2006
Chicago Reader
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Audience Reviews for Absolute Wilson

Fascinating look at a man who came from the repressed mid-century community of Waco, Texas, overcame a crippling stutter, a cold mother, and his own misplaced need for his father's approval to become a completely free, utterly one-of-a-kind creative Bodhisattva. The insight that this film brings into his creative process, his triumphs, his disappointments (the L.A. Olympic committee commissioned then cancelled an epic work that took years and millions to produce), and his insightful work with people whose life experiences are "different" (i.e., deaf, autistic, mentally-challenged) is remarkable. Recommended as inspiration for anyone working in the Arts.

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