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Dance, dance, otherwise we are lost.
PINA is a feature-length dance film in 3D with the ensemble of the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, featuring the unique and inspiring art of the great German choreographer, who died in the summer of 2009.
I have mixed feelings about this film. There's some powerful cinematography in the film that complements the intriguing and some times wildly experimental choreography by the legendary Pina Bausch.
But I feel that Wim Wenders' indecisiveness on whether to make this a pure documentation of Bausch's dances, or to makes it a retrospective of her work, ultimately failed the picture. The lack of information given by both the style of dance and Pina herself did the film a huge disservice, as its seemed aimless as a whole.
Although there is plenty of amazing choreography it felt fairly disconnected to the film, as Wenders cut right in the middle of a scene, and cuts back to it a little later. To…
Una película que constantemente está decidiendo qué película quiere ser: un documento de la obra de Bausch? una remembranza por parte de sus alumnos? enteramente performance? Esa indecisión nos mantiene siempre entretenidos, nunca sabiendo qué sigue.
Solo al final se revela como lo que es, un jovial requiem. Y pues bueno, nos conmovemos todos.
Watching this for the first time was easily one of the most extraordinary experiences I've had with a movie in a long, long time. As far as those go, it's (just about) on par with films like Valerie and Her Week of Wonders, Brazil, and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari for me - and they all share a common trait, that being that they're all visually spectacular. Anyways, Pina. The project began as a documentary and upon the death of its subject, the exquisite dance choreographer Pina Bausch, and the encouragement of her students for the its director (Wim Wenders) to move forward, ends up as something far more special. If it can be called a documentary, it's one of…
This is a documentary of movement poems, some fragments and some short verses. Almost every minute has a surprise, something unexpected. Shocking violence, powerful settings, a change of cinematography, a puzzling action. There is little to hold the film together, apart from the choreographer, for which this film is a memorial. There is no narrative or common theme. And yet, in a sense, it is about the meaning of dance, the evocative movement, that which cannot be communicated in any other medium.
The music is part of the setting, the emotional resonance of the background, and yet it cannot be separated from the meaning, even as context cannot be separated from the meaning of a sentence. This is a complete…
Viewed on DVD
I love art in all its forms.
A person's artistic expression is an essential part of a human being.
That's why I love film. It incorporates many aspects and forms of art.
Pina is a documentary about the appreciation of Pina Bausch as a choreographer and dancer.
It's a visually stunning film than works best when the art form is removed from the stage and placed in an non-conventional setting.
An elegy for a woman whose work I have had no prior exposure to. Though this documentary via staged performances is at times interestingly composed, it's structure makes it difficult for a neophyte coming to witness Pina's accomplishments as a choreographer to gain a foothold of appreciation within her art form with zero background or context given to the images presented. As the film progressed I found the routines and set pieces to grow in dynamism and thus aesthetic interest but the early going is rough, unwelcoming and does little to bridge any gap viewers with any preconceived bias against modern or interpretative dance might carry with them. I suppose it should not feel the need to defend itself but if you don't think this subject matter appeals to you, this is not the film to win you over.
I'm told not seeing this in 3D in the theater means not really seeing it at all - perhaps that's true, well, probably that's true. As a season ticket holder to my city's ballet I get that dance needs to be experienced in more than two dimensions, but as someone who is ignorant of dance theater, this was not only an eye-opener, it was very entertaining. Another Criterion find, the extras are out of this world good.
That said, if you have no interest in dance, you'll find this tedious if not boring. If you like modern dance or ballet, you'll love this.
it helps somehow
This has secretly been one of my favorite Sunday afternoon movies for awhile now.
It pleases me to no end.
Incredible. One of the most unique documentaries I've ever seen.
A magical and unforgettable tribute to Pina Bausch offers far more than you might be expecting to find. A must see film.
Gorgeous, gorgeous dance and cinematography. I know virtually no dance, but this was a revelation - and Wenders seems to revel in it, playing with the 3-D and setting up some truly gorgeous shots.
Really beautiful but wish I got to learn more about Pina herself.
Side-steps the traditional biographical documentary approach by keeping the anecdotal retrospectives to a bare minimum, mostly concentrating on modern dance numbers written by choreographer Pina Bausch and performed by members of her company. This saves us from the tedium of a by-the-numbers recollection of her accomplishments, instead showing, through vivid example, her life's work and the effect it had on her protégés. Docs don't get much more cinematic than this. It's a novel, and daring, approach; Wim Wenders drops the viewer into the midst of this world without a lifeline, letting the art do the talking. I'll admit to being a bit put-off at first but once given a chance this is a film that is extremely hard to turn away from, functioning just as well as a primer on modern dance as it does a tribute to a beloved artist.
Dad: "I'm not qualified to rate this"
Grandma: "It was very artistic. I thought it was a great film, but twenty minute too long
The entire Criterion collection organized by spine number.
I don't know why I did this.
Number I've Seen: 194/776 (25%)
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