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New directions in dance film: Wim Wenders’s “Pina”

February 5, 2012

Wim Wender’s tribute film to Pina Bausch and Tanztheater, Pina, is now in art house release in the US.  This work opens new vista in the use of sterographic film (3D film) and in dance movies.

It is, easily, the best release of 2012 so far (stereographic or traditional [2D] film), and compares well to the very best stereographic films I have seen to date (Werner Herzog’s Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Hitchcock’s Dial M for Murder, and Martin Scorsese’s Hugo.)

The following preview is just in 2D – and thus loses much of the incredible magic of this film, but but it can show you how strong the thematic and dance material is.

My prediction – this film is so strong that it will revolutionize the way that dance film is made.  I also predict it will win the “best documentary” film at the Academy Awards.  I believe that it deserves to win the “best film” award.

Unrelated postscript:  I will have limited access to the Internet for the next two weeks – but I am sure that my steadfast co-bloggers will make sure things stay exciting on the BLT blog.

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