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  • Summary: 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 profoundly original perspective to share with the world. (New Yorker Films) Expand
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  1. An excellent introduction to the singular vision of avant-garde stage director Robert Wilson.
  2. 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.
  3. Surprisingly square portrait of avant-garde artist and director Robert Wilson.
  4. Reviewed by: Eddie Cockrell
    70
    A surprisingly conventional portrait of a decidedly unconventional man.
  5. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    63
    The result is a rather conventional, Biography Channel-style portrait of a man who helped change the face of theater in the last quarter of the 20th century.
  6. 60
    Absolute Wilson changed my views of Wilson as a person tremendously, and at least gave me some useful context for his art.
  7. Reviewed by: Peter Marks
    50
    Although the film shows many photographs and videos of his performances, it never allows a particularly coherent assessment of any of them.

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