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Black Swan (2010)

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A committed dancer wins the lead role in a production of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" only to find herself struggling to maintain her sanity.

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Thomas Leroy / The Gentleman
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Veronica / Little Swan
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Galina / Little Swan
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Madeline / Little Swan
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Andrew / Suitor
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Tom / Suitor
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Sergio / Rothbart
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Mr. Fithian / Patron
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Mrs. Fithian / Patron
Abraham Aronofsky ...
Mr. Stein / Patron (as Abe Aronofsky)
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Storyline

Nina (Portman) is a ballerina in a New York City ballet company whose life, like all those in her profession, is completely consumed with dance. She lives with her obsessive former ballerina mother Erica (Hershey) who exerts a suffocating control over her. When artistic director Thomas Leroy (Cassel) decides to replace prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre (Ryder) for the opening production of their new season, Swan Lake, Nina is his first choice. But Nina has competition: a new dancer, Lily (Kunis), who impresses Leroy as well. Swan Lake requires a dancer who can play both the White Swan with innocence and grace, and the Black Swan, who represents guile and sensuality. Nina fits the White Swan role perfectly but Lily is the personification of the Black Swan. As the two young dancers expand their rivalry into a twisted friendship, Nina begins to get more in touch with her dark side - a recklessness that threatens to destroy her. Written by Fox Searchlight Pictures

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Rated R for strong sexual content, disturbing violent images, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 December 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El cisne negro  »

Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,443,809 (USA) (3 December 2010)

Gross:

$106,952,327 (USA) (29 April 2011)
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Trivia

The ballet director's last name, "Leroy," is similar to the French "le roi" for "the king" - significant in light of Nina's identification with her role as an enchanted princess in love with a prince. See more »

Goofs

When Nina is transforming to a black swan in the final dance act, and the camera pans to her left arm, and then to the right, a black bar appears to the left of the screen for a couple of seconds. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Nina Sayers: I had the craziest dream last night. I was dancing the White Swan.
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Connections

Featured in Guys Choice Awards 2011 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Danka Jane
Written by Tom Rowlands
Performed by The Chemical Brothers
The Chemical Brothers perform courtesy of EMI Records Limited
Contains "Swan Lake" written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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Kindergarten filmmaking
31 January 2011 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Mix horror, thriller, childish "boo!" effect, lots of corny camera movements, simmer it with over-dramatic music and lighting, the result is an art fraud that'll fool audience and critics alike. That's Black Swan for you.

First of all, what acting? Portman has only one facial expression which was magnified by the endless, tiring, and meaningless close-ups. 10 minutes into the film one is already sick of her shifty eyes and short breaths.

Then there's the very shallow plot and lousy dialogue. There's no character development. The few talking parts are inconsistent and one-dimensional. Most people are mere blurry passing shadows. The crucial night out was totally incoherent. Things happen for no particular reason. The girl still shows no sign of desperation or desire. And it's supposed to lead to her "letting it out" and "living a little" by having red eyes and imagined feathers? wtf?

And the lack of continuity! You'd think someone flipped the negatives. So bad I was hoping it's deliberate; an effort to display the mirroring yet twisted hallucination. But it's too subtle - one thing this film is anything but!

The dichotomy of the white and black swans is symbolized literally (and solely!) by the white and black outfits. It's unforgivably lazy to convey a person's inner transformation by simply pulling a black singlet over a white one, and later covering all with a gray sweater - this is the filmmaking for the kindergarten!

Finally, this is perhaps the only film about an art form that doesn't portray any of the beauty and passion of that art. Ballet is brutally and shamefully dismissed. It's reduced down to no more than the wooden doll spinning on the toes. Such annihilation is a blasphemy. Why does the filmmaker pick a topic he has absolutely no interest in? Instead of the power of ballet itself the film opts for the CGI effect which adds neither visual pleasure nor emotional value. wtf?

Someone needs to wake up to the fact that female masturbation and lesbian sex don't make a film avant-garde. What happened to good scripts? Can nobody learn anything from the masterpiece "The Piano Teacher"? Yet "Black Swan" receives such undeserved rave reviews...... wtf?


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