Imagine the difference between ordinary chess and 3-D chess. The often gorgeous "Pina" benefits from Wenders' creative approach.
These are complemented with interviews and further dance choreographies, which were shot in and around WuppertalGermany; the film includes scenes showing the Wuppertal Schwebebahnan elevated railway, and some dance sequences take place inside its carriages.
Some look at the camera, some into space. The small fragments of speech that Wenders does allow each performer frequently relates to their relationship with Bausch and how so much of who they are as people and dancers fuelled the performances that she developed out of them.
And Oscar nomination or no Oscar nomination, he comes up short in that regard. But this movie magic does not point to itself; it could easily be missed, but there it is in the movie, a play on scale, on scale in the world and scale in film.
A seated woman shows her naked back to the audience. Eventually the blind woman and one of the men stand face to face. Not only has Wenders created a film that truly expresses the power of the performances, but he also suitably enhances specific pieces through the use of uniquely cinematic techniques.