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Pina (2012)

Pina Bausch , Wim Wenders  |  G |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Pina Bausch
  • Directors: Wim Wenders
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen, Color
  • Language: Italian (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Italian
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: BIM
  • Run Time: 106.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #224,809 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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il film pina, con il tannztheater wuppertal pina bausch, e' il tributo di wim wenders all'arte unica e visionaria della grande coreografa tedesca, morta nell'estate del 2009. il regista ci guida in un viaggio sensuale e di grande impatto visivo, seguendo gli artisti della leggendaria compagnia sulla scena e fuori, nella citta' di wuppertal, il luogo che per 35 anni e' stato la casa e il cuore della creativita' di pina bausch.

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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For the love of modern ballet and Pina Bausch February 19, 2012
"Pina" (106 min.) is a thrilling documentary about/celebration of choreographer Pina Bausch's work. It is important to note that Bausch herself was involved in the preparations of this movie, but she passed away just before shooting beagan after a short but devastating bout with cancer. Director Wim Wenders halted the production, but the dancers of the Wuppertal Tanztheatre convinced him to carry on and to make the movie as a tribute to Bausch. And that it certainly is.

The movie showcases 4 major pieces by Bausch, starting with The Rite of Spring, in which the dancers perform on a thick layer of dark sand. The other pieces are Cafe Mueller, Kontakthoff, and Vollmond. The latter is truly remarkable: there is a huge rock on the stage, and a continuous waterfall onto the stage, which eventually gets flooded for the most part. The dancers splish and splash their way to, through and onto it and it is an incredible visual experience. A number of scenes are also filmed in and around Wuppertal, including on the Wuppertal Schwebebahn (the "hanging monorail") as well as a number of industrial sites that are visually very powerful. The documentary includes short interviews with various company dancers on how Pina influenced them. Sadly, the are only snippets of old footage of Pina Bausch herself.

I saw this in the theatre in 3D and while the 3D was good, I will say that the 3D aspect is not essential to appreciate this movie for what it is: a love note to modern ballet and to Pina Bausch. If you have any interest in ballet, you truly do not want to miss out on this movie. "Pina" was nominated for an Oscar for best documentary, and it is easy to see why. Highly, highly recommended!
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62 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why $ 37.98? January 4, 2012
Finally an important show of Great Pina's work. But, why $ 37.98 for a zone 2 dvd - plus shipment charges? You could get it direct from the British Amazon site for 8.99 english sterling pounds - plus about $ 5,00 shipment, which altogether is about half the price what the other sellers for this item are requesting. So far, there is available even a 3D blu-ray - and a regular 2D blu ray - in blu-ray-zone 2. Why not for the USA - blu-ray zone 1? Ah!, the merchants ... When will this nonsense about dvd and blu-ray regions stop. Greed is godd and necessary, but excesive greed is bad and stupid for everybody.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
I've never been entirely convinced by Wim Wenders as a narrative film director-- his talents have always been more situated in the realm of conceptual art than that of the storyteller. Here he gets a chance to apply his conceptual art strengths to one of the few great artists of our time, Pina Bausch. The results are often startling, enthralling, and affirmative.

The opening excerpt from Bausch's RITE OF SPRING ranks as one of the greatest pieces of filmmaking I've ever seen. There is no doubt that Wenders has found the best possible use for 3D. To be frank, I would have preferred to see the entire performance rather than the documentary which enfolds it, but ideally we can have both (hint to distributors: there are at least five DVDs to be gleaned from the various dances here. I'd buy all of them!!)

The central section of the film includes excerpts from Bausch's more cerebral work, and it is here that perhaps the film is less effective. While the work itself is absolutely fascinating, the series of tableaux which Wenders constructs breaks the spell essential to fully entering Bausch's world. On the other hand, Wenders does create some extraordinary moments possible only through film-- by, for example, intercutting between dancers of various ages-- thus participating in the creative process and making the film itself a document keeping Bausch alive.

Meanwhile, we get- a la "A Chorus Line," the dancers themselves, introduced in close ups Avedon would have been proud of. This device is interesting, if not, perhaps, in the end, terribly well integrated. Threading through the film as a leitmotif we get a processional that reminded me of the end of 8 1/2 (A.O. Scott cites "The Seventh Seal," which also suggested itself to me).
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Criterion review January 22, 2013
The other reviews are not talking about the official Criterion blu ray release, so I am putting in a review because I preordered this and have the Criterion release of the 3D and regular blu rays.

The 3D transfer is stunning, I have a number of other 3D releases, but this is one of the best I have seen. I also saw this in the theater and I almost feel I get the 3D effect better from a home theater system than what I saw in the theater.

In addition to the film, there is a 45 Making of Pina documentary, for once available in 3D also. There are some deleted segments of dances that are not in the film that run I believe about 30 minutes that you will want to see if you were a fan of the film or Bausch's work. They are also included as 3D and regular versions.

Another supplement is a promotional interview by Wim Wenders, which is 22 minutes long. If you want background of the making of this film, it is a good look into his mindset and motivations for what he put on screen.

Criterion has done itself proud in it's first 3D release because once again, they have pushed the bar so high that probably only they will be able to compete with this title.
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4.0 out of 5 stars But the video is wonderful.
I am not getting the lable in Portuguese. Just in English.
This is the only problem that I had. But the video is wonderful.
Published 14 days ago by Wagner Oliveira de Cerqueira
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 22 days ago by Bruno L. Salvadori
5.0 out of 5 stars but perfect.
Strange, but perfect.
Published 2 months ago by A. ZIOBRO
5.0 out of 5 stars It takes you closer to her through the words and dances of the dancers...
A remarkable achievement and tribute to Pina Bausch. It takes you closer to her through the words and dances of the dancers who knew and loved Pina. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kenneth S. Hempel
5.0 out of 5 stars the best movie I have ever seen.
If I could give it more stars, I would. I have never known cinema like this was possible. Pina had a huge impact on me. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Manoela Rónai Velloso Porto
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
A feast for the senses. Don't miss this tribute to an amazing choreographer.
Published 3 months ago by MFV-Austin, TX
5.0 out of 5 stars Best use of 3D that I've seen
The 3D version of this movie is worth it, even if you don't like the movie itself. No other 3D movie I've seen even comes close. 3D is not a gimmick here, it's essential. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Joseph Delaney
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Excellent dedication to a world revered choreographer. I was moved by the creations of Piña. I plan to watch this again.
Published 5 months ago by James Hinrichs
5.0 out of 5 stars Pina's Vision
Magical... Painfully, gloriously human-- and transcendent at the same time. Dancers hurl themselves into the breach and catch one another mid-flight in a thrilling expression of... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Dana A. Ziegler
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful 3D movie, amazing performances
This film is surely wonderful if you like modern dance. Some amazing performances were re-created with the Pina Bausch dance company after she passed away. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Boris Starosta
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