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German director Wim Wenders pays tribute to the late dancer-choreographer Pina Bausch with this often-ravishing 3-D feature. The main reason to see it is for the extended excerpts from four of the artist's ballets, all beautifully performed by members of her company in both interior and exterior locations. The extra visual dimension lends a consistently mesmerizing clarity to the images—a sequence on an elevated train is particularly stunning for its seemingly infinite depth—though the rest of the material (such as some too-artily-shot interviews with the dancers) feels more intrusive than illuminating. Still, as an introduction to this great artist's work, you could hardly do better.—KU

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New York Film Festival 2011

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