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Wim Wenders Discusses Painful 'Hammett' Collaboration With Coppola, Friendship With Nicholas Ray

  • By Edward Davis
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  • October 22, 2011 11:16 AM
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Filmmaker Talks 5-Hour Version Of 'End Of The World,' Sam Shepard, Unfinished Version Of 'Hammet' & More At NYFF Q&AWim Wenders' route to filmmaking was a circuitous one. At the age of 21, he landed in Paris determined to become a painter, but cinema had been in his DNA from an early age. He made super 8 movies as a child and became a local neighborhood projectionist at the age of 6 when he inherited his father’s antique film equipment; so cinema seemed like a natural path. But for years, he turned his back on movies, and it wasn't until he saw an Anthony Mann retrospective -- sidetracked from his painting aspirations in a Paris cinematheque -- that he began to fully understand that cinema had its own authors and "had a language of its own.” He then began a 40-year affair with the medium that continues to this day.

Wim Wenders Says 3D Has "Amazing Consequences," Still Waiting For Film That Cracks The 3D Code

  • By Edward Davis
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  • October 18, 2011 8:10 AM
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Venerable Filmmaker Praises ‘Avatar,’ Talks 'Pina' & Speaks Candidly About Hollywood’s Current 3D DilemmaWhile it might not seem apparent at first, given his films haven't made much of a commercial dent in recent years, Wim Wenders, is still ahead of the curve. In 1997, over a decade before its use became prevalent, he shot sequences of his "The End of Violence" film in HD, he cast Michelle Williams as his lead in the little seen "Land Of Plenty" before she became fully noticed in "Brokeback Mountain," and for his latest trick he's shot "Pina," a documentary about the medium of dance in 3D.

NYFF ’11 Review: ‘Pina’ Is A Gorgeously Photographed, Three-Dimensional Sleeping Pill

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 9, 2011 5:30 AM
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It’s strange to be truly startled and taken aback by the powerful effects of properly utilized 3D not in some Hollywood blockbuster where half of a major Midwestern American city is blown to smithereens by giant transforming robots, but during a quiet, understated, impressionistic documentary/tribute to influential German choreographer and dancer Pina Bausch (directed by Wim Wenders, no less). In fact, this might be the most amazingly you-are-there use of the technology since James Cameron landed us on Pandora. It’s just that, along with the fantastical visas and bounding, leaping, protruding dancers, you wish that the movie were more than just pretty. Sadly, it’s not. And boring is boring, even while wearing silly plastic specs.

Sundance Selects Tangos With Wim Wenders' 3D Dance Pic 'Pina'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 1, 2011 9:43 AM
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We're not the first people who would be lining up to watch modern dance -- it's just not our bag -- but leave it to Wim Wenders to fire up our interest. A stunning trailer for the his dance film "Pina" dropped last year and suddenly the film moved quickly up our "must see" list for this year. Vibrant and dazzling, Wenders dusts off the stodgy and pretentious trappings that dance usually falls into and gives it fresh life. And it will be landing in theaters in a matter of weeks.

Watch: Dazzling, Lively Trailer For Wim Wenders' 3D Dance Doc 'Pina'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 16, 2010 10:52 AM
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We'll be honest here. A documentary on dance isn't exactly our first choice for something to watch. Call us snobs, but hey, dance just isn't our bag. Combine that with a vehicle directed by Wim Wenders -- a great filmmaker to be sure -- who hasn't made a worthwhile film in years. So we'll be damned then if the trailer for "Pina," the long gestating tribute/documentary on famed choreographer and dancer Pina Bausch doesn't look absolutely fascinating.

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