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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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WOW!! First, let me say I am not a modern dance aficionado, but after viewing this film (twice already, and in 3D to boot!), I feel a whole new appreciation for modern dance, and especially the works of Pina Bausch and her amazing dance company!
This particular film by Wim Wenders blew me away! It was beautiful, often heartbreakingly so, and occasionally even funny and whimsical. Not only has Wim Wenders captured the beauty of modern dance through the medium of film, but he has hugely enhanced the experience by successfully and beautifully filming it in 3D!
I didn't really get into the dances portrayed in the film immediately, but after a half hour or so, I was hooked, and had to keep watching to the end. I decided to view it a second time with the director's commentary...and that really cinched the film for me. Wim Wenders does an excellent job with his rather soft, even somewhat monotone voice, heavy with German accent. He offers insight into most of the dances (extremely helpful for me!) and the development of the film, and via the commentary we learn why the film contains little information about Pina Bausch and only excerpts of Pina's wonderful works. It just so happens that of the two "rules" Pina and Wim agreed to as part of their collaboration, one was that Pina wanted the film to NOT be biographical. The other was that she wanted never to be interviewed.
The dancers are terrific! Such beautiful arms and deep expressiveness in each and every dancer, male and female, younger and older alike. Of the 24 or 25 dancers in her company, most appear to be quite "seasoned" (meaning around 50 years old, or perhaps even older!), adding (I believe) a very comforting and satisfying depth to the artistic interpretations.
There are even two brief clips of Pina herself dancing many years earlier, and she is mesmerizing in both short excerpts!
The 3D effect is fabulous, especially in the outdoor scenes!
English subtitles are provided but limited to sections where translation is necessary, and not available when dialogue (of which there is little anyway!) is in English. The commentary is in English, so no subtitles there.
I viewed the "making of" section, accompanied with commentary by Wim Wenders (not subtitled). It is about 45 minutes long with very helpful insight into the intricacies of filming "Pina," especially in 3D. I had no idea how very complicated it is to film in 3D!! Something else wonderful we benefit from by viewing the "making of" section is more dance excerpts of Pina's works, many of which are not included in the film. We also get to see Wim Wenders in action...he appears to be a quiet spoken, patient man, filled with a huge amount of gracious appreciation for the dancers, his film crew, Pina's works, and of course for Pina herself!
The one technical failing in the DVD itself is that to view the deleted scenes (all 14 of which are wonderfully included in 3D, and which you would do yourself a HUGE favor by viewing!!), is that Criterion did NOT make it possible to "view all." Instead, one must cue up each and every one of them individually, PLUS cue up the audio separately for each to hear Wim's optional commentary on all of them (also a "must hear")!! Doing so means adding a considerable amount of extra time to see and hear each deleted scene, but they are ALL worth viewing regardless!
If you appreciate fine film making, wonderful modern dancing, and the potential to be moved to tears by the dancing and the sheer emotion of the music, treat yourself to this beautiful film. Wim Wenders and Pina's dance company have presented it as a tribute to Pina, as Pina died before it was completed.
Wim Wenders has created a loving, inspiring, and well-crafted tribute to Pina Bausch. She truly deserves it! And what makes the documentary even more enjoyable are the remembrances of Pina shared by her dancers. Each has interesting anecdotes about working with Pina, and each have such incredible faces! Pina's dancers do not look like what most dancers look like. They have very real faces. They are wonderful actors as well as being mesmerizing dancers. And I like that they come from so many different ethnicities.
The short segments of Pina's remarkable dance pieces makes you wish you could see the whole performance. Another plus are the special features. There's a "making of" that's very cleverly done, and is a great companion piece to the film. The commentary with Wenders is great also. So, yeah, this one definitely gets five-stars from me. I've watched parts of it several times now. and I know that I"ll keep doing so for quite awhile. And it's in 3D!!! By the way, my Sony Bravia LED 3D TV gets five-stars also!!!
The stereoscopic effect is very well done, with few apparent technical flaws. Flaws that I could detect are minor and hardly detract from the overall experience (for example, the production apparently used a beamsplitter rig without a quarter wave retarder mirror for compensation of polarization effects, so some scenes were troubled with rivalrous imaging on reflective surfaces). I think I saw one short shot in an overhead tram that was pseudoscopic, and there might have been a few shots with poor horizontal alignment. But again, these were minor issues, and overall this was a joy to watch.
What a gift to the world both Wenders and Bausch. My favorite film of the last ten years and I am an absolute Film Junkie. As a documentary created after Pina's death, the tribute should be used in Memorials, to ease human suffering, and give hope to what is the best of being an artist and living in a human body. Sensual Surrealist Film at its BEST!!!