Absolute Wilson | 2006
A chronicles of the epic life, times and creative genius of Robert Wilson, intimately revealing one of the most controversial, rule-breaking and downright mysterious artists of our era. The story explores the transformative power of creativity itself through the inspirational tale of a boy, the son of the mayor of Waco, who grew up as a troubled and learning-disabled outsider in a segregated, fundamentalist Texas during the '40s and '50s, only to become a fearless artist with a profoundly original perspective to share with the world. 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. Inter-cutting candid interviews of the famous artist himself with rare, archival footage of his work, the chronicle enters the mind of his 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, composer Philip Glass, opera star Jessye Norman, critics John Rockwell and John Simon. Robert Wilson has long been considered one of contemporary culture's most insoluble mysteries. 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.