Absolute Wilson (2006)
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|Genre:||Musical & Performing Arts, Documentary|
|Directed By:||Katharina Otto-Bernstein, Katharina Otto, Arnold Aronson, David Byrne, Robert Wilson, Robyn Brentano, Susan Sontag, Tom Waits, William Burroughs|
|Written By:||Katharina Otto-Bernstein, Katharina Otto|
|In Theaters:||Oct 27, 2006 Limited|
|On DVD:||Nov 13, 2007|
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Critic Reviews for Absolute Wilson
It's difficult for the uninitiated to glean from this film a real sense of Wilson's oeuvre, or its influence on the zeitgeist.
Does a good basic job of recapitulating the highs and lows of a career filled with restless energy and an outsize drive to achieve.
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.
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.
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.
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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