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Calendar, Night&Day Step It Up

Step It Up

The Dance Films Association has been around since the mid-’50s, but most of us didn’t even know a “dance film” genre existed until Wim Wenders won an Oscar nomination for Pina. Detour Dance’s first movie, an eight-minute short titled Drift,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Hearts of Darkness

Hearts of Darkness

As introduction for this month’s InsideStory Time, a quote from Austrian writer (and frequent Wim Wenders collaborator) Peter Handke was chosen: “The storyteller is the threshold. He must therefore stop and collect himself.” Handke, who wrote early of his mother’s…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist

Pina 3D Is Stunning, Beautiful -- and Ultimately Vapid

No matter how you feel about about Pina 3D, the feature-length documentary from Wim Wenders on German choreographer Pina Bausch, one thing is indisputable. This 3D thing basically solves the problem of dance on film. What problem? Think on…
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Film, "Pina": Added Dimension Expands Emotional Range

"Pina": Added Dimension Expands Emotional Range

"You just have to get crazier" was advice mighty choreographer Pina Bausch once gave to one of her dancers, who fondly recalls the moment in Wim Wenders's soaring 3-D tribute to the woman who revolutionized the art with her Tanztheater…
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Film, Feature Year in Film: Filmmakers Who Transcended the 3D Gimmick

Year in Film: Filmmakers Who Transcended the 3D Gimmick

It was 1952 in Haddon Township, N.J., and 5-year-old Steven Spielberg was bummed about The Greatest Show on Earth, the first movie he saw in a theater. "I wanted to see three-dimensional characters, and all this was flat shadows,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Wim and Vigor

Wim and Vigor

The Wim Wenders Tribute at the Berlin and Beyond film festival comprises two films: Marcel Wehn's documentary One Who Set Forth: Wim Wenders' Early Years, in which the director and his contemporaries, wives, friends, and more give candid interviews. The…
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Culture, Stage Bill Pullman's Shuttle Columbia Play 'Expedition 6' Comes Apart on Blast-Off

Bill Pullman's Shuttle Columbia Play 'Expedition 6' Comes Apart on Blast-Off

Early in the lengthy development process for Expedition 6, Bill Pullman's new theatrical docudrama based on events surrounding the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster of February 2003, the actor/director exchanged thoughts about the project with German film auteur Wim Wenders. "When…
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Film, Knockoff

Knockoff

We've all done it — killed an afternoon drinking in a pleasantly grungy roadhouse somewhere, boozily enjoying the illusion of having fallen off the grid, playing semiforgotten blues songs on an outdated jukebox, and thinking aloud, "See, I should capture…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

Of all the Cuban music celebrities to emerge out of Wim Wenders' landmark documentary Buena Vista Social Club, vocalist Ibrahim Ferrer may have made the deepest impression, especially on audiences unfamiliar with his long history at the heart of Cuban…
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Film, The Riddle  of Japan

The Riddle of Japan

The Fourth Dimension, Trinh T. Minh-ha's new video essay built out of footage shot in Japan, resembles -- despite a good deal of chin-pulling philosophizing about time, space, and "the ever-increased speed of programmed agency" -- two other filmed essays…
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Second Time Around

"Crushing the Bastard": Films by Sam Fuller It's Sam Fuller week in the Bay Area. From 1949 to 1964 the doughty, cigar-smoking legend -- who died last October at the age of 86 -- wrote and directed 17 furious films…
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Zoom Lens

New Italian Cinema In 1994, Wim Wenders railed against U.S. demands for greater access to European movie screens: "The Americans not only sell their films, but with them a way of life -- music, fashion, clothes, a whole stars and…
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Second Time Around

Until the End of the World Wim Wenders went decisively out of fashion with this 1991 film, an interesting international road movie that becomes a desert-island meditation about life and dreams and stuff in its prolonged second half. Why did…
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Desperately Seeking Salvation

The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. -- Ezekiel 25:17 (as quoted by Jules in Pulp Fiction) Intoxicated by the fall of the Berlin…
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