Absolute Wilson

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Released 2006

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Absolute Wilson

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2006
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Absolute Wilson is a 2006 documentary chronicling the life of famed stage director and playwright Robert Wilson. Born in Waco Texas in 1941, Wilson is one of the most significant influences on the experimental theater movement of the 1960s, 70s and 80s. Collaborating with iconic artists like Philip Glass, Tom Waits and William S. Burroughs, Wilson's innovative approach to storytelling has drawn huge audiences from Iran to Australia. His planned performance for the 1984 Olympics entitled the "CIVIL warS: A Tree Is Best Measured When It Is Down" was selected for a Pulitzer drama prize. In addition to theater, Wilson is accomplished in furniture design, drawing and sculpture. In 1993, he won a Golden Lion prize for sculpture at the Venice Biennale. Katharina Otto, the director of Absolute Wilson, paints an endearing portrait of the man utilizing original production footage, celebrity interviews as well as interviews of Wilson himself. Aficionados of the Avant-Garde art scene will be captivated by this in depth portrait of Robert Wilson.

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  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Carina Chocano

    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 es...

  • 70

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    There is plenty of substance in Absolute Wilson, as it provides a concise and absorbing portrait of a powerful creative personality.

  • 70

    Variety Eddie Cockrell

    A surprisingly conventional portrait of a decidedly unconventional man.

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Arts, Documentary

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Biography, Theater