DVD - 2013 - German
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The boundless imagination and physical marvels of the work of the German modern-dance pioneer Pina Bausch leap off the screen in this tribute by Wim Wenders. Shot in 3D, it is a remarkable visual experience and a vivid representation of Bausch's art, enacted by a group of talented dancers from her company.

Publisher: [United States] : Image Entertainment, [2013]
ISBN: 9781604656848
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (103 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.


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Feb 21, 2015
  • JCLKatieS rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I had trouble getting into this film but was moved by the later performances. Pina's legacy will obviously be remembered by her fellow colleagues and dance enthusiasts. This movie showcased her choreography and is filled with emotional performances as dancers pay tribute to her.

Oct 23, 2014
  • DeannaF rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I first saw this movie in the Park Theatre, Vancouver, where it was projected as 3D and excellent sound. Even so the brilliance of this particular choreographer shines through and the score is wonderful.

Aug 22, 2013
  • mjayh rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This tribute to the great dance instructor, Pina Bausch, by her students and former students is a beautiful work of love. But if you don't have an appreciation for Bausch's work or much interest in dance in general, then leave it on the shelf for those of us who do.

Apr 05, 2013
  • seki rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Part performance art, part installation art, Pina stretches what you know about modern dance and the settings it is performed under. You will be amazed by the chorography and the williness of the dancers to excute her movements.
You will need to put the DVD on subtitles to understand what the dancers say about Pina (all but one are non English speakers) but even without the subtittles, you will be transfixed.

Apr 03, 2013
  • roystreat rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Pretentious Euro-schmerz: "Woe is me, so much I suffer. I'm so 'allein'!" Pina herself, judging by the scant few minutes she's on the screen, was an electrifying performer, but her followers come off as distinctly lower caliber.
It's notoriously difficult to transfer the vitality of dance to the screen, and here I don't think even Wenders fully succeeds. Also, he could have provided more of an introduction for non-specialists.
The music, on the other hand, is very worth while; so skip this and get the music CD instead.
P.S.: The New York "Times" dance critic gave this ensemble a "MISS" grade in its New York appearance this winter.

Apr 02, 2013
  • randpog rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Loved the trailer as it showed highlights. Fast-forwarded the film as there was a lot that did not interest me.

Mar 23, 2013

I really loved this. I have always enjoyed wim's work, his style is my style, but way more current. ART is great because everyone who experience it in different ways, but they always are affected,,,GOOD OR BAD.
I wish I could have seen this on the big screen and in 3D. I am sure that is the "best" to experience it. The music is exceptional and move me in a many joyful ways.
I actual watch it 1st with no description narrative from wim. then watch a 2nd time with wim's narrative which really added a depth I didn't notice the 1st viewing.
I found this art experience a very spiritual one and look forward to many more viewing.

Mar 19, 2013
  • Spiketheteacher rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

[Disclaimer: I'm no expert on dance, and I saw this not as a video, but on the big screen at the Pickford Film Center.] I don't always have the patients for "art-anguish" if it doesn't feel substantial. This did, both in the motion of the dance and its economy. I never felt like it got too artsy-fartsy. There are even some moments of whimsical humor thrown in there. Throw in the various settings around the town where it was filmed (Wuppertal, Germany I believe) and it become much more interesting than just another performance on a spotlighted stage. Although I wasn't thinking about the cinematography at the time, the settings worked well and complemented the choreography. I enjoyed and appreciated this and recommend it to those who are curious.

Mar 16, 2013
  • lindakennedy rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

I watched the first 15 minutes and gave up on it. I didn't get it, and found it obscure and dark.

Mar 02, 2013
  • todbacke rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Pretty much all experimental art comes across as pretentious when when you can't relate to it. Everything about this documentary is innovative. They way it was shot was bleeding edge at the time (this shown in detail in the extras). The score is diverse and contemporary. The choreography is a collection of the life's work of one of the most innovative 20th century artists in any medium. Wim Wenders (largely considered on of the most visually compelling living film makers) contemplated how to make this movie in a way that would do Pina's work justice for 20 years. The movie is it's own work of art. The amount of collaboration necessary to pull this of is huge - all detailed in the extras. As a film maker and visual artist I feel this is in the top handful of art documentaries ever made.

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