Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell
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Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell
With his documentary Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell, director Matt Wolf etches out a biographical portrait of avant-garde musician, artist, and disco producer Arthur Russell, who died of AIDS at age 40 in 1992. Though Russell was a classically trained composer and cellist with an almost encyclopedic knowledge of indigenous Indian music, this performer quickly branched off in a more offbeat and unusual direction. The Oskaloosa, IA, native fixated on such counterculture icons as John Cage and Timothy Leary at an early age, then ran away from home during adolescence and joined a… More

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"It's the perfect image for a man whose vivid music appeared to be fighting its way into sharper focus."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"With tenderness, [director Matt] Wolf convinces us that had Russell not died 16 years ago, heā(TM)d be one of the culture's most fascinating and intellectually rewarding musical creatures."
‑ Mark Keizer, Boxoffice Magazine
"A tender, fascinating documentary by Matt Wolf, will delight the cult and instantly convert new members."
‑ Nathan Lee, New York Times
"Wild Combination celebrates a city that could (and still can) attract a gay weirdo from the Corn Belt to record avant-Buddhist chants with Allen Ginsberg, play cello on an early version of 'Psycho Killer' and produce some of the greatest disco ever."
‑ Melissa Anderson, Time Out New York
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