Reviews

Library Journal
(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

For 20 years after first being exposed to the works of German choreographer Pina Bausch (1940-2009), acclaimed filmmaker Wenders (Wings of Desire; Paris, Texas) wanted to bring her unique dances to the screen. However, existing film technology did not allow him to achieve his vision. With new advances in 3-D film technology, he had what he needed. He and Bausch were working to bring the project to fruition when she died suddenly in 2009. The project was canceled, but the dancers reminded Wenders that several of Bausch's masterpieces had been specifically scheduled in the coming season so that they could be filmed. With that, the project began anew as a tribute to Bausch rather than a chronicle about her. The film focuses on four of Bausch's best works: Le Sacre du Printemps, Cafe Muller, Kontakthof, and Vollmond; all are performed by the dancers of Bausch's Tanztheater Wuppertal. The commentary addresses the unique forms of production and choreography; soloists perform original pieces in her honor, often outdoors in the town of Wuppertal. Extras include audio commentary by Wenders, The Making of "Pina" featurette, deleted scenes, the theatrical trailer, and an English subtitle translation. An accompanying 38-page booklet features interviews, credits, and additional information on the production. VERDICT This reviewer regrets not having seen the original 3-D version of the film, which was met with great critical acclaim for bringing the viewer into the dances. Still, this high-def version is stunning. The creativity, choreography, and dancer involvement are brilliant. Very highly recommended for dance or entertainment collections; a great purchase for any library.-Tom Budlong, Atlanta (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Library Journal
(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

An Oscar-nominated tribute to dance pioneer Pina Bausch, in 3-D. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Library Journal
(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

For 20 years after first being exposed to the works of German choreographer Pina Bausch (1940-2009), acclaimed filmmaker Wenders (Wings of Desire; Paris, Texas) wanted to bring her unique dances to the screen. However, existing film technology did not allow him to achieve his vision. With new advances in 3-D film technology, he had what he needed. He and Bausch were working to bring the project to fruition when she died suddenly in 2009. The project was canceled, but the dancers reminded Wenders that several of Bausch's masterpieces had been specifically scheduled in the coming season so that they could be filmed. With that, the project began anew as a tribute to Bausch rather than a chronicle about her. The film focuses on four of Bausch's best works: Le Sacre du Printemps, Cafe Muller, Kontakthof, and Vollmond; all are performed by the dancers of Bausch's Tanztheater Wuppertal. The commentary addresses the unique forms of production and choreography; soloists perform original pieces in her honor, often outdoors in the town of Wuppertal. Extras include audio commentary by Wenders, The Making of "Pina" featurette, deleted scenes, the theatrical trailer, and an English subtitle translation. An accompanying 38-page booklet features interviews, credits, and additional information on the production. VERDICT This reviewer regrets not having seen the original 3-D version of the film, which was met with great critical acclaim for bringing the viewer into the dances. Still, this high-def version is stunning. The creativity, choreography, and dancer involvement are brilliant. Very highly recommended for dance or entertainment collections; a great purchase for any library.-Tom Budlong, Atlanta (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Library Journal
(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

An Oscar-nominated tribute to dance pioneer Pina Bausch, in 3-D. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.