His latest film Palermo Shooting (as yet unseen outside of the festival circuit in the US) got creamed when it played Cannes in 2008, but LiC favorite Wim Wenders is hoping to move ahead into the third dimension.
Screen Daily tells us Wenders is collaborating with legendary choreographer Pina Bausch to bring three of her dances, The Rite of Spring (1975), Café Müller (1978) and Full Moon (2006), to the big screen in 3D.
Screen Daily quotes the German director as saying “The two-dimensional cinema screen is just not capable of capturing Pina Bausch’s work, either emotionally or aesthetically. When I watched her dance for the first time 25 years ago, I was captivated and deeply moved. I was able to understand human movement, gestures and feelings in a whole new way. And this magic is what I would like to translate to the screen.”
Hollywood keeps trying to tell us 3D is the wave of the future, so why not? Well, for starters it’s LiC’s considered opinion that it’s really just a studio gimmick to forestall the irrelevancy of theatrical exhibition and to give studios a chance to go through their back catalogues and reissue old product in a new format for more money.
We’ve only seen Coraline in 3D, but found that it tended to muddy the image and otherwise distract from the beautiful animation. We’re still debating whether to see Up for the first time in 2D or 3D.
On the other hand, something as purely visual as a dance might be just the subject for 3D presentation.
James Cameron’s Avatar may be a gamechanger for the technology when it finally comes out this winter, but we remain skeptical. Call us old fashioned.