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3,245 Ratings

Pina

Directed by Wim Wenders
Germany, France, 2011
Documentary

Synopsis

A journey of discovery through dance, originally shot in 3D to capture and pay tribute to the inventive world of the legendary choreographer Pina Bausch. We follow the dancers of Pina’s Tanztheater Wuppertal ensemble, out of the theatre and into the city of Wuppertal that she called home.

Our take

Between Buena Vista Social Club and The Salt of the Earth, Wim Wenders struck gold with Pina, an Academy Award-nominated documentary profile of Pina Bausch. A fitting tribute to the iconic dancer and choreographer, a cinematic spectacle of movement, of bodies in motion on-stage and off.

Pina Directed by Wim Wenders
Even without the added element of 3D, Wenders gives the dance depth by allowing us to see the entirety of the stage. It provides a completely different experience than seeing the dance performed live, and allows us to enjoy the theatricality of her work in way that does justice to the fine detail of her choreography.
May 16, 2015
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Of all four films, Wenders’s Pina is most revelatory in its use of 3-D. Challenged to do justice to the late Pina Bausch’s dance-theater choreography—to make a record of her intrinsically transient work and have it make sense as cinema—Wenders has created a meditation on perception and sensation, reconsidering both physical and virtual/cinematic spaces by constantly reconfiguring our perspective on them.
December 21, 2011
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Shooting in 3-D—one of the rare examples of the format greatly enhancing the experience—Wenders captures multiple planes of action with a depth of field and perspective that isn’t possible in two dimensions.
December 20, 2011
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