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One Day Pina Asked Me (1983)





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An encounter between two of the most remarkable women artists of the 20th century, ONE DAY PINA ASKED... is Chantal Akerman's look at the work of choreographer Pina Bausch and her Wuppertal, Germany-based dance company. "This film is more than a documentary on Pina Bausch," a narrator announces at the outset, "it is a journey through her world, through her unwavering quest for love."more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
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On DVD: Jul 28, 2014

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All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

One of the greatest of all syntheses of dance and cinema.

Full Review… | January 27, 2014
New Yorker
Top Critic

[A] quiet, distinctive portrait of Pina Bausch's Wuppertal Dance Theater.

Full Review… | July 1, 2014
Film Comment Magazine

Audience Reviews for One Day Pina Asked Me


"One Day Pina Asked Me" is an incisive documentary about the work of famed choreographer Pina Bausch, as Chantal Akerman follows her on tour across Europe. As such, most of the talking done is by the dancing, both in rehearsal and in performance(there is laughter from the unseen audience which surprised me). What little actual talking there is describes the dances being about the relationships between men and women, albeit in an unorthodox manner but it works nonetheless. This method of communication is necessary for a dancing troupe that comes from so many countries.(At one point, they list three things from each of their countries.) That might explain why one of the dancers learned sign language on his break, demonstrating it using a George Gershwin song which gets incorporated into its very own dance number.

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

Superb doc from Chantal Akerman on German modern dance icon Pina Bausch's company during a five-week tour in 1983. Focuses primarily on the "dance" itself, a marvelous choice.

Scottt French

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