Absolute Wilson
Absolute Wilson (2006)

"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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 27, 2006
DVD Release Date: November 13, 2007
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Misha Berson
Seattle Times

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

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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A good introduction to those unfamiliar with the artist, while it should also be pleasing to his fans.

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Peter Marks
Washington Post

Does a good basic job of recapitulating the highs and lows of a career filled with restless energy and an outsize drive to achieve.

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Steven Mikulan
L.A. Weekly

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.

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Michael McDonagh

Yet Otto-Bernstein's clips, though well-chosen, never convey what seeing Wilson live is like...Her book is much more stimulating.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Katharina Otto-Bernstein's documentary provides an excellent introduction to the singular vision of avant-garde stage director Robert Wilson.

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David Noh
Film Journal International

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.

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