Pina Bausch was one of Europe's most celebrated choreographers, fusing the discipline of ballet with the freedom of modern dance and approaching her material in a bold, innovative and emotionally compelling manner. Bausch made the acquaintance of German filmmaker Wim Wenders, and he began making a documentary about her life and work. The focus of Wenders' film shifted dramatically in 2009, when Bausch was diagnosed with cancer and died only a few days later. Wenders considered abandoning the project, but after meeting with the members of her dance company, Tanztheater Wuppertal, Wenders chose instead to create a cinematic interpretation of Bausch's art, preserving several of her pieces and the work of her dancers for the ages. Pina is the result, a performance film that takes several of Bausch's dance pieces into the open and celebrates the beauty and physicality of dance; the film was shot in 3D to give a greater sense of the power and interplay of bodies in motion. Pina received its North American premiere at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.~Mark Deming
Disc One: High-Definition Digital Master, Approved By Director Wim Wenders
As you know Criterion always does a top-notch job on their blu rays. So I was excited to get a rare 3D blu ray with the Criterion treatment. I am so happy with the quality of this disc. A must own for 3D enthusiasts.
I am decidedly in the "I don't get it" camp for modern/professional dance, but I'm a fan of cinematography and especially of well done 3D cinematography, and Pina 3D is the second best 3D shot film ever (Coraline being the first.)
This film is stunning and is the best argument against those who say 3D can't enhance a story or performance.
If you're a 3D apologist like I am, you need Pina 3D in your library without a doubt.