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Absolute Wilson (2006/Stage/Theater/New Yorker Films DVD)


Picture: C+†††† Sound: C+†††† Extras: C+†††† Feature: C+



Robert Wilson is considered a groundbreaking, innovative, creative force who has changed stage theater forever, but despite the many testimonials in Katharina Otto-Bernsteinís documentary look at the man and his work in Absolute Wilson (2006) this viewer felt the 105 minutes did not delve enough into either despite the best, most sincere efforts to do so.


We learn the usual about his life, how he had to escape small town living and thinking, and as he turns out to be gay, has additional barriers to face.Unfortunately, so much is spent telling us this that a deeper analysis is not made and if this is something about playing it safe to get his cooperation, than the documentary is a partial failure.Not that there is something dark lurking in the shadows in some political or sinister way, but the result is somewhat tired and lopsided, making one wonder what has happened when this finally ends.Maybe a sequel would help, but I guess a hoped-for book analysis will have to do the trick if available.Too bad this is not richer.


The 1.33 X 1 image is shot on analog NTSC video and looks good for its age, while the Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo is simple at best.Extras include extended interview segments, trailers, on camera director interview, contemporary vignettes about Wilson and his 1965 short film The House.



-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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