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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…
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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.
Part of The World’s ABCs: One Letter, One Documentary project
The story of this documentary hit its saddest note during production when study subject, renowned choreographer Pina Bausch, unexpectedly passed away. The discouraging event led to a complete halt in production, dooming the film's chances of ever seeing the light, and it was only by the insistence of Bausch's work colleagues that it carried on, now with the intent of not only presenting but also honoring the memory of one of the craft's most famous names.
Although it bears the name of a person, Pina focuses on the body of work rather than the individual. This draws a line in the sand early on for the viewer's attention span, one…
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.
Like Werner Herzog, it looks like Wim Wenders needs to redirect his efforts into documentaries. He hasn’t made a great feature film in the last 25 years or so (I’ve not seen all, so can’t say for sure, but I’m still probably right in my assumption), but this is a wonderful documentary, and it follows on the footsteps of Wenders’ excellent episode in the Martin Scorsese presents the Blues series of documentaries.
Pina is all about dance and movement, and it uses narrative film techniques to enhance the story which could have been a parade of talking heads. Poetic, energetic and moving.
It's as much an experiment as it is a sentimental tribute to one of the great experimenters of modern dance. Whether that kind of combination is a problem, I still can't really tell.
The only thing that makes this Wenders doc different from the rest is the lack of Wenders' voiceover, which is substituted by those of the late Pina Bausch's dance company (i.e. it might be less about him, for once). Maybe the really twisted structure that weaves in and out of itself is a result of the multiplicity of the dancers' voices and Wenders' move away from the audiovisual record. In fact, it almost completely abandons his usual stream-of-consciousness mode!
Dance,dance otherwise we are lost !
Wonderful, inspired Wim Wenders piece on the majestic dancer/instructor Pina Bausch.
"Pina" joins "Avatar" and "The Creature from the Black Lagoon" on the (very) short list of 3-D movies that really need to be seen in 3-D. That the dances are so magnificent makes this a must see for anyone with even a vague interest in dance.
An amazing technical and emotional accomplishment.
Wim Wenders is a wonderful director, but I really can't get how this one happened.
For some reason, it manages to make Pina Bausch extremely good dance performances into some kind of boring succession of unlinked parts of play. I really couldn't compel myself to like this one.
I know very little about dance, and I can't say this increased my knowledge or appreciation, especially this style. But the set pieces and 3D were pretty sweet.
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