Black Swan

Black Swan

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Director: Darren Aronofsky

Cast: Darren Aronofsky, Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel

     
 

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New York City ballet dancer Nina (Natalie Portman) enters into an intense battle of wills with a talented and ambitious new arrival (Mila Kunis) who seems intent on edging her out of the spotlight in this supernatural-flavored psychological thriller from director Darren Aronofsky. Nina covets the roleSee more details below

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New York City ballet dancer Nina (Natalie Portman) enters into an intense battle of wills with a talented and ambitious new arrival (Mila Kunis) who seems intent on edging her out of the spotlight in this supernatural-flavored psychological thriller from director Darren Aronofsky. Nina covets the role of the Swan Queen in a production of Swan Lake by acclaimed theater director Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel). The harder Nina works to win the part, however, the more overwhelmed she becomes by her suspicions that talented newcomer Lily (Kunis) is intent on stealing it away from her. As the production draws near and Nina struggles to master the duel roles of the White Swan and the Black Swan, she grows increasingly unstable to the point where she finds it difficult to distinguish fantasy from reality. Though her burgeoning friendship with the unconventional Lily helps Nina to jettison her perfectionist instincts and find her footing as the Black Swan, the closer she gets to perfecting the role, the further her sanity erodes until she begins to experience a bizarre and profound transformation.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
Subtlety may not be Darren Aronofsky's strong suit, yet his heavy-handed tendencies have served him well in such features as the harrowing addiction drama Requiem for a Dream and the heart-breaking Golden Globe winner The Wrestler. And despite the fact that his psychological thriller Black Swan features little of the flamboyant visual style that assaulted our eyes in the former nor the operatic emotions of the latter, it still succeeds on its own terms thanks to a compelling performance by Natalie Portman and a dark undercurrent of self-destruction that progressively seduces us courtesy of some supremely creepy, eerily graceful imagery. New York City ballet dancer Nina (Portman) covets the role of the Swan Queen in a production by acclaimed theater director Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel). The harder Nina works to win the part, however, the more overwhelmed she becomes by her suspicions that talented and ambitious new arrival Lily (Mila Kunis) is intent on stealing it away from her. As the production draws near and Nina struggles to master the duel roles of the White Swan and the Black Swan, she grows increasingly unstable to the point where she finds it difficult to distinguish fantasy from reality. Though her burgeoning friendship with unconventional dancer Lily helps Nina to jettison her perfectionist instincts and find her footing as the Black Swan, the closer she gets to perfecting the role, the further her sanity erodes until she begins to experience a bizarre and profound transformation. With Black Swan, Aronofsky and screenwriters Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz, and John McLaughlin probe the fractured psyche of a troubled ballerina who fears that she will never reach her full potential. If this sounds familiar, it's probably because Aronofsky's previous film The Wrestler hinged on much the same premise. And though both films share quite a bit in common thematically, they couldn't be further apart in tone. Whereas Mickey Rourke's elegiac performance in The Wrestler instilled that film with a pervasive sense of melancholy that gradually enveloped us as he waged a heartfelt struggle for redemption, Portman's pageantry in Black Swan leads us down an altogether different, more distanced version of psychological decline. Unlike Randy "The Ram," Nina has yet to perform her signature role, and the intense mental strain it takes her to do so may well be her undoing. Screen veteran Barbara Hershey is positively unhinged as Nina's supportive yet disturbed mother, whose presence offers a foreboding glimpse of the treacherous path that the ambitious, not-so-young dancer is headed down as her delusions grow increasingly vivid. Meanwhile, as Nina's home life begins to unravel, bitchy trash-talking amongst jealous dancers and a memorable supporting performance by Winona Ryder up the stakes on-stage as well. The resulting study in insecurity and paranoia is bewitching if not emotionally engaging -- a haunting study of obsession run amuck served with a savory side of gothic theatrics. Thanks to the work of gifted cinematographer Matthew Libatique -- who has collaborated with Aronofsky on all of his features except for The Wrestler -- Black Swan possesses an elegant air of malevolence and psychological decay that helps to compensate for the fact that the plotline feels somewhat recycled. A masterpiece by no measure, yet far from forgettable, it's a minor work elevated by a fascinating lead performance, and delivers enough serious chills to hold us transfixed once the metamorphosis begins to take hold.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/29/2011
UPC:
0024543715061
Original Release:
2010
Rating:
R
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:48:00
Sales rank:
7,084

Special Features

Metamorphosis: A behind-the-scenes documentary with Darren Aronofsky; ; Closed Caption

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Natalie Portman Nina Sayers/ The Swan Queen,Nina Sayers/The Swan Queen
Mila Kunis Lily/The Black Swan
Vincent Cassel Thomas Leroy/ The Gentleman,Thomas Leroy/The Gentleman
Barbara Hershey Erica Sayers/The Queen
Winona Ryder Beth MacIntyre/ The Dying Swan
Benjamin Millepied David/The Prince
Ksenia Solo Veronica/Little Swan
Kristina Anapau Galina/Little Swan
Janet Montgomery Madeline/Little Swan
Sebastian Stan Andrew/Suitor
Toby Hemingway Tom/Suitor
Sergio Torrado Sergio/Rothbart
Mark Margolis Mr. Fithian/Patron
Tina Sloan Mrs. Fithian/Patron
Abe Aronofsky Mr. Stein/Patron
Charlotte Aronofsky Mrs. Stein/Patron
Marcia Jean Kurtz Costumer Georgina
Shaun P. O'Hagan Stage Manager Sebastian
Christopher Gartin Sexy Waiter Scott
Deborah Offner Administrator Susie
Stanley Herman Uncle Hank
Michelle Rodriguez Nouel Physical Therapist
Kurt Froman Understudy for Siegfried
Marty Krzywonos Conductor
Leslie Lyles Nurse
John Epperson Jaded Piano Player
Arkadiy Figlin Piano Player
Timothy Fain Violin Player
Sarah Lane Lady in the Lane
Liam Flaherty Man in Stall
Patrick Heusinger Rich Gent

Technical Credits
Darren Aronofsky Director
Jon Avnet Executive Producer
Jim Black Musical Direction/Supervision
Therese DePrez Production Designer
Brad Fischer Executive Producer
Scott Franklin Producer
Peter Fruchtman Executive Producer
Ari Handel Executive Producer
Andres Heinz Original Story,Screenwriter
Mark Heyman Screenwriter
Gabe Hilfer Musical Direction/Supervision
Matthew J. Libatique Cinematographer
Clint Mansell Score Composer
John McLaughlin Screenwriter
Mike Medavoy Producer
Arnie Messer Producer
Benjamin Millepied Choreography
Brian Oliver Producer
Rick Schwartz Executive Producer
David Stein Art Director
Tyler Thompson Executive Producer
Andrew Weisblum Editor
Amy Westcott Costumes/Costume Designer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Black Swan
1. Scene 1 [6:16]
2. Scene 2 [6:36]
3. Scene 3 [3:40]
4. Scene 4 [2:31]
5. Scene 5 [2:46]
6. Scene 6 [4:40]
7. Scene 7 [3:10]
8. Scene 8 [2:34]
9. Scene 9 [3:46]
10. Scene 10 [4:36]
11. Scene 11 [3:09]
12. Scene 12 [2:47]
13. Scene 13 [2:53]
14. Scene 14 [3:04]
15. Scene 15 [3:09]
16. Scene 16 [2:35]
17. Scene 17 [8:31]
18. Scene 18 [3:19]
19. Scene 19 [3:10]
20. Scene 20 [5:01]
21. Scene 21 [1:15]
22. Scene 22 [3:05]
23. Scene 23 [2:41]
24. Scene 24 [3:08]
25. Scene 25 [4:12]
26. Scene 26 [1:41]
27. Scene 27 [3:12]
28. Scene 28 [5:09]

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