October 27, 2006
Studio: New Yorker Films
Director: Katharina Otto-Bernstein
MPAA Rating: N/A
Screenwriter: Katharina Otto-Bernstein
Starring: Robert Wilson, David Byrne, Susan Sontag, Tom Waits, Suzanne Wilson, Philip Glass, Jessye Norman, Arthur Holmberg, Charles Fabius, Cindy Lubar, Andy Groat, Arnold Aronson, Maita de Nescimi, Harvey Lichtenstein, John Rockwell, John Simon
More than a biography, Absolute Wilson is the moving and revealing tale of a child, the son of the mayor of Waco, who grew up as a troubled outsider in a segregated, fundamentalist Texas during the 40’s and 50’s. Plagued by a speech impediment and learning disabilities, longing for the love of a disapproving father; Robert Wilson learns to embrace his differences and discovers profound liberation in the New York arts world of the 1960s. “Absolute Wilson” is a tour de force into the mind of an unbending spirit. Providing further insight into Wilson’s life and art is lively commentary from a range of collaborators, lovers, admirers, family members -- and even detractors -- including musician David Byrne, writer Susan Sontag (in one of the last interviews before her recent death), composer Philip Glass, opera star Jessye Norman, critics John Rockwell and John Simon. The creator of revolutionary works of theatre, opera, dance, performance and fine art, Wilson continues to change the landscape of 21st century expression with groundbreaking international theatre sensations such as "Deafman Glance," “Einstein on the Beach,” and “The Black Rider." Wilson's work pushes the limits of time and space, forging images of astonishing beauty, nightmarish psychological complexity, stark wit and haunting emotion. Many have lauded him as a mesmerizing visual genius. Others damn his productions as indulgent and costly. Incendiary, influential, contradictory, puzzling, other-worldly, mischievous, unclassifiable – Wilson is absolutely all of these.