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Absolute Wilson (2006)

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Average Rating: 7.1/10
Critic Reviews: 15
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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

Nov 13, 2007

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

February 9, 2007 Full Review Source: 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.

January 26, 2007 Full Review Source: 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.

January 12, 2007 Full Review Source: 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.

January 4, 2007 Full Review Source: 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.

January 4, 2007 Full Review Source: 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.

December 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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A good introduction to those unfamiliar with the artist, while it should also be pleasing to his fans.

August 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Yet Otto-Bernstein's clips, though well-chosen, never convey what seeing Wilson live is like...Her book is much more stimulating.

March 12, 2007 Full Review Source: culturevulture.net
culturevulture.net

One comes away from this documentary fully satisfied and yet wanting even more, a testament to the skill of the filmmakers and the utter fascination of their subject.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Offer insights into the director's methods and motivations.

February 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

What's the point of knowing what there is to know about a fellow when we get only sound bites of what he has done with his enormous talent?

January 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Compuserve
Compuserve

A stirring portrait of a theatrical sensation, one that should motivate artists of all stripes to break away, follow their bliss, and, most importantly, never take no for an answer.

January 5, 2007
Reel.com

Though it doesn't make Wilson's art any less obtuse, it certainly helps us connect to the man who created it.

January 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Flipside Movie Emporium
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... presents the general chronology of Wilson's life, which is certainly interesting ... but it's unclear whether the movie serves his work well...

January 3, 2007

Though more celebratory than truly critical, and dealing more with the artist than the private eperson, being the first docu of one of the century's most innovative creators has both historical and aesthetic merits.

October 29, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

It's recommended for Wilson fans and those who are interested in fringe entertainment.

October 28, 2006 Full Review Source: Entertainment Insiders
Entertainment Insiders

Over all, though not surprisingly, the result is too sharply slanted in favor of Wilson's genius rather than in questioning his talent.

October 28, 2006 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
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