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Power Of Dance Fuels 3-D Documentary "Pina"

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The 3-D movie has moved from kiddie films and action flicks to legitimate artistic devices, and acclaimed German director Wim Wenders uses the technology with style in "Pina," a documentary about the late dance choreographer Pina Bausch, which premiered Saturday night at the New York Film Festival. NY1's George Whipple filed the following report.

"Wings Of Desire" and "Paris, Texas" may be director Win Wenders' most famous films, but this darling of the avant-garde returned to this year's New York Film Festival with a new documentary, "Pina," about the great dance choreographer Pina Bausch.

"Her work changed my life," says Wenders. "I've never seen anything that beautiful and anything that moving before. Neither on a movie screen or on a stage. That is 25 years ago and it blew me away."

Famed director Martin Scorsese gave a sneak peak at his new 3-D movie "Hugo" at this year's festival, and Wenders shot "Pina" in 3-D as well.

"[In] 2007, I saw the first forerunner of the digital 3-D films, and I saw that and I called Pina and said, 'Now we can do it, because 3-D is made to film dancing," says Wenders.

The New York Film Festival is a very welcome place for Wenders to be.

"I lived in New York for a number of years, and for the New York Film Festival I've been a guest and visitor for so long," he says. "I haven't been there in a long time showing a movie, but it was all worth it waiting for 'Pina.'"

Wenders is no stranger to the New York Film Festival, and yours truly is no stranger to his movies. I was at the New York Film Festival premiere of "Paris, Texas," back in 1984.

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