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  • Actors: Pina Bausch, Regina Advento, Malou Airaudo, Ruth Amarante, Jorge Puerta
  • Directors: Wim Wenders
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen, Dolby, Digital Sound, Subtitled
  • Language: German, French, English, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Sept. 2011
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004X1STT6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,617 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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PINA is a feature-length dance film with the ensemble of the Tanztheater Wupperta, featuring the unique and inspiring art of the great German choreographer, who died in the summer of 2009. Director Wim Wenders takes the audience on a visually stunning journey of discovery into a new dimension: straight onto the stage with the legendary ensemble and follows the dancers out of the theatre into the city and the surrounding areas of Wuppertal the place, which for 35 years was the home and center for Pina Bausch s creativity.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Tim Kidner TOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 April 2012
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Though I am a bit of a fan of Wim Wenders, which is why I watched this film when it came on Sky Arts, I was rather more sceptical amount watching a documentary about modern dance and one of its creators.

What did surprise and quietly amaze me, was, how different the pieces of dance were; all short and diverse and superbly filmed. I'm not familiar with Pina Bausch, nor in fact could I name any choreographers associated with modern dance, in fact. I'm not entirely ashamed to admit that, generally it's a niche genre within the arts.

What is great about this film is how those like me and others can get an enjoyable glimpse into this world, not have to put up the 'boring' bits and whilst we might not become converts to the cause, we certainly have greater respect for it. I enjoyed the pieces around man-made architecture; the oil refinery and under the intersection best. The contrast between the rigid angularity of industrial architecture with the gracefulness of the human form. The music, too, was very well chosen and again, had a variety to suit nearly everybody.

Wim Wenders certainly brings in his expertise and experience, which helps get the best out of all that appear. He also has made quite a reputation for himself in the documentary sphere, which adds respect to all he does now - you know that a project chosen by him will be treated with passion, enthusiasm and proficiency.

To me, learning about Pina Bausch was very much secondary and the film catered for this, which I, personally thought best. For those who wanted it the other way round, might be disappointed but I cannot answer for them.

"Pina" is an enjoyable piece, not enough of a pet subject of mine for me to buy the DVD. But, for lovers of modern dance and Pina Bausch, then I'm sure it must be.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER on 11 Feb. 2012
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This is a film you can watch many times, the dancers are so wonderful and the whole thing amounts to a statement of great beauty about movement and psychology. Pina herself remains an enigmatic figure, clearly much loved and missed by the dancers, but we don't see that much of her. What we do see has the kind of grace you might expect, both in her dancing and presence. We just see a short clip of her in Cafe Muller but it makes an indelible effect, it seems to come from some extraordinary place. She explains it in terms of where you look behind closed eyelids, but this doesn't seem to account for the interiority of her performance. The other dancers are all amazing in their different ways; I couldn't help thinking how soulful and beautiful they were, as if they all inhabit a state of grace. Maybe to dance at this level does give a special state of consciousness, removed from the hierarchy of a more traditional company. It is different in each case, however every one of them is compelling. The pieces they perform have a strangeness often, and a rightness. I don't always feel I know what is going on exactly, but they give joy in any case, and a kind of release, as if Bausch in her pieces was able to access something beyond other choreographers. There is a lot of play between genders and to do with sexual tension, as well as playfulness and humour. One dancer frolics in the water with a large fake hippopotamus. Another was asked to do a movement that meant joy to him, he improvised something, and Pina turned it into a brilliant ensemble piece. You are moved and burst into a smile at the same time. It is nice to see how she also used older dancers than we usually see, to great expressive effect.Read more ›
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50 of 55 people found the following review helpful By C. S. Ebrey on 29 April 2011
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An amazing testimonial to the outstanding career of Pina Bausch, "PINA" displays all the attributes you would expect from a director such as Wim Wenders. Delivered in a documentary style, it includes stunning visual vistas taken from Pina Bausch's past performances intertwined with contemporary bespoke pieces that demonstrate vitality and sincerity. Tribute after tribute from her loyal dancers provide intriguing insights into her life and personality, often extremely moving. Having just viewed the 3D version of the film I can highly recommend it, whether you're a fan of the late Pina Bausch or indeed of Wim Wenders, whose use of the 3D format is startlingly brilliant and really does add significantly to the sense of presence as the camera intimately flirts with the dancers on stage. Whilst this film may prove a little too radical for some tastes, it is certainly a masterpiece for those who are appreciative of Pina Bausch's artistic talent. You won't be disappointed.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By cathyb on 5 July 2011
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watched the movie in the electric cinema in notting hill. just loved it . first few mins a bit unsettling , more for my companions than me as they werent sure what theyd got themselves into, but was amazing and moving for me. especially the "cafe" piece. her dancers really illustrated their total devotion to bausch and dance which i found quite humbling and inspiring.you dont need to be a dancer to learn from and appreciate this great artist.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Waite on 10 Jun. 2013
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I appreciate that this film really inspired a lot of people, but for me it ended up being a little unsatisfactory. I have seen two Bausch performances live and found them fascinating, but in some ways this film 'flattened' her work, particularly in the second half. Here the film turns into an elegy for the choreographer's death, and while the artists are clearly genuinely bereft, I'm not sure it does so much for the memory of a real person to have such arch presentation (pictures of the artists looking sad with extravagant voiceovers about their loss). Also the second half did little service to what I consider Bausch's unique and important contribution to dance by showing so many extracts of solos and duos which began to look rather similar. That isn't the effect her work had on me in its complete form, and some of the extracts (for example of dancers throwing water at each other onstage) actually looked rather weak out of context, again especially when juxtaposed with these extravagant expressions of her guru-like status from the dancers. In short for me it was, at times, sentimental and a bit 'luvvie' - the result of decisions by Wenders not at all a criticism of the dancers.
And indeed the work of the dancers is absolutely wonderful and there are some breath-taking moments. Perhaps I was led astray by the 'hype' as there are some nice things about this film, but you can't beat getting to see the choreography in the theatre. It would be a shame if this film became a substitute for the real thing rather than a way in.
For a really excellent film about an artist see The Artist is Present about Marina Abromovic which was issued at about the same time. That is a warts and all piece which really does complement her work - it shows Wenders' limitations up and reveals how it can be done. Partly this is achieved by concentrating on one work and really showing the professional and personal motivations behind it. Pina is a much more 'surface' treatment than that.
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