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Review: Pina 3D

Score:B+

Director:Wim Wenders

Cast:Pina Bausch, Regina Advento, Malou Airaudo, Ruth Amarante

Running Time:106 Minutes

Rated:PG

I
wasn't sure what to expect when the film started.  Pina has been
nominated for an Oscar (best documentary), so I knew it would be good. However,
knowing that Pina Bausch, the dancer/choreographer/modern dance visionary after
whom the film is named, had died prior to filming made me question what exactly
Pina would be. This film is a
touching tribute to the late choreographer, complete with footage of some of her
dancers talking about what she was like to work with and what she means to
them.

The
majority of this film is footage of Pina's more famous choreographed dances.
Instead of staying with the traditional front-only view that theater audiences
see, director Wim Wenders shot the film with camera angles that put the
audience side-by-side with the dancers. You can literally hear their breathing
and their foot movements.

Seeing
a dance film in 3-D can often be more cheesy than artistic, but the majority of
the three dimensional shots added a greater sense of depth to the dancers'
overall movement on screen. I don't think it's an essential part to the film,
but it does add more visual interest.

I
love dance. I can even tolerate modern dance, though it does occasionally
drives me crazy. I enjoyed much of the choreography in this film, and it's a great
representation of the variety within modern dance. Instead of showing
performances only on a stage, many dances are filmed at locations such as a
subway car, by a stoplight, in a field, and so on.

My
only problem with this film is that I don't feel that it technically qualifies
as a documentary. I saw it and walked out of the theater without feeling like I
gained much knowledge about Pina Bausch. It's more of a conglomeration of
choreography without any real background to any particular subject, whether
that's the choreographer, dancers, or the creative process. For being a film
about Pina, Pina really doesn't do
more than highlight her creativity.

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About Stephen Davis

Stephen Davis
I owe this hobby/career to the one and only Stephanie Peterman who, while interning at Fox, told me that I had too many opinions and irrelevant information to keep it all bottled up inside. I survived my first rated R film, Alive, at the ripe age of 8, it took me months to grasp the fact that Julia Roberts actually died at the end of Steel Magnolias, and I might be the only person alive who actually enjoyed Sorority Row…for its comedic value of course. While my friends can drink you under the table, I can outwatch you when it comes iconic, yet horrid 80s films like Adventures in Babysitting and Troop Beverly Hills. I have no shame when it comes to what I like, and if you have a problem with that, then we’ll settle it on the racquetball court. I see too many movies to actually win any film trivia contest, so don’t waste your first pick on me. My friends rent movies from my bookcase shelves, and one day I do plan to start charging. I long to live in LA, where my movie obsession will actually help me fit in, but for now I am content with my home in Austin. I prefer indies to blockbusters, Longhorns to Sooners and Halloween to Friday the 13th. I miss the classics, as well as John Ritter, and I hope to one day sit down and interview the amazing Kate Winslet.

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