Let me say right up front that Pina, Wim Wender’s documentary about the legendary dancer/choreography Pina Bausch is amazing. It’s the first time I’ve seen 3D where it seemed absolutely essential to the material instead of just a parlor trick. Indeed, watching this just ok trailer in 2D further proves that out.

I don’t know a thing about modern dance and Pina Bausch wasn’t really someone on my cultural radar until news dropped back in May 2009 that Wenders was making this documentary, but I was transfixed from beginning to end. Bausch of course would die just a few months after the project was announced, but Wenders moved forward anyway and wound up with this beautiful, invigorating and moving documentary/celebration/memorial. I’m glad he did and I’m glad I overcame my aversion to the art and to the technology to seek it out.

The 3D illusion allows for the best of both worlds. It captures a living performance with an intimacy that you might not get at a fixed point several rows removed from a stage, but unlike in a 2D film, you get a feeling for how the dancers occupy and move within space. It’s not quite that you’re in and among the dancers as they move around you, but almost.

I have to say though that this trailer doesn’t really blow my skirt up. If you feel the same way, I hope you’ll see it anyway and I urge you to seek it out in a theater in 3D.

If you live in Los Angeles, be sure to look for Pina at AFI Fest which  begins November 3. Otherwise it opens in New York on December 23, Los Angeles on January 20 and nationwide in the following weeks.

3 Responses to “2D trailer for Wim Wenders’ 3D stunner Pina”

  1. I find it incredibly ironic that the two best applications I’ve seen for 3D in a feature release are both documentaries (this and Cave of Forgotten Dreams). I’m really looking forward to this. Wenders is probably the perfect eye/mind/heart to film this sort of material.

  2. I have to say, I didn’t like the 3D in Cave of Forgotten Dreams much. I get why he did it and I’m glad that 3D record exists, but the circumstances were already so limiting that the 3D just compounded that.

    Pina is another story. The main drawback was some occasional strobing during fast action (which could conceivably be corrected if they start shooting in higher frame rates). Regrettable, but a worthwhile tradeoff.

    Going forward I can see a use for 3D in art or nature or sports documentaries/performances, but I’m still not on board it being used much in narrative film except in a few scenes in a handful of movies that come out every year.

  3. Oh, how I wish I could see it in 3D. Unfortunately I’m one of many who can only see in 2D, both in real life and on screen. In my case my eyes are aligned outward slightly, but this would also be true of anyone with crossed eyes, or of course sightless in one eye. I’m glad that films are being made in 3D for those who can see them, but hope the economics of production and distribution don’t result in 2D being eventually dropped as a format.

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