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Technicians and Artists

8 December 2010 5:32 PM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Darren Aronofsky: a resourceful technician (Pi) of considerable range but little imagination (Requiem for a Dream), after attempting an artwork of his own (The Fountain), resigns himself to a career fixated on art, but capable only of chronicling it (The WrestlerBlack Swan).

Aronofsky's two most recent films are essentially the same movie—a drama about a second-rate artist with family problems, haunted by (the reality of / possibility of) aging, who pushes him or herself to suicidal limits, done with a tinge of body horror and closing with a performance—and I get the sense that it's the movie Aronofsky will make for years to come (which is no problem: both films are pretty good, with the second one being a bit more consistent than the first). Obsessed by darkness but lacking an inner darkness of his own, he has gazed deep within himself, tried his best tragic artist / egoist routine (in The Fountain, »

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