Pina (Criterion Collection)
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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!
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).Read more ›
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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German director Wim Wenders is an experienced director who of late, seems focused on documentaries. Many are music or art related (“Willie Nelson at the Teatro,” “Buena Vista... Read morePublished 20 days ago by M. Oleson
This is a very good movie; excellent! I'm not a dancing enthusiast. Pina meant nothing to me. But there was certainly some outstanding dancing, at times closer to marching, in this... Read morePublished 2 months ago by bearclawthedonut
I got an email from Amazon with question in the subject line "How many stars would you give 'Pina'?" Maximum Amazon allowed are five. Read morePublished 4 months ago by GC
A beautiful, inspiring vision of the work of Pina Bausch. I bought this as a gift to bring to China and give to a woman who had been a dancer herself. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Sarah in Brooklyn
The documentary was made for her so it is more of a tribute film than anything else. I would recommend 'Dancing Dreams' for those who would like to learn more about Pina, as she is... Read morePublished 5 months ago by teresa
Enchanting! I've watched this beautiful film on both large and small screens and was transported by it every time. I'm only sorry I missed its original NYC release in 3-D.Published 7 months ago by Eva Ulz
This is an absolutely breath taking film. Saw it in 3D downtown Seattle having to brave a deluge. And now, in my own Amazon library. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Chelsea
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