History Film / BlackSwan

23rd Apr '17 9:14:19 AM nombretomado
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* ManBitesMan: Thomas forcingly kisses Nina. She bites him. This prompts him to give her the White/Black Swan role.

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* ManBitesMan: Thomas forcingly forcibly kisses Nina. She bites him. This prompts him to give her the White/Black Swan role.



** Nina literally means "little girl" and is often used in diminutives of Russian names, showing how babied she is by [[{{MyBelovedSmother}} Erica,]] as well as connecting her to ''Swan Lake'', which was a Russian ballet. And when chanted by a crowd it sounds something like bird-noises. Her last name, Sayers, could be something of a ShoutOut too: Zelda Sayres, wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald, was an ambitious ballerina who came very close to making it big professionally, but who was also schizophrenic.
** Lily is harder: It's similar sounding to Odile, the name of the Black Swan from ''SwanLake''. The name is also reminiscent of Lilith, infamous demon and seductress of the night. The Lily flower symbolizes purity and the colour white, as well as death and resurrection- all of these are particularly appropriate at the end of the film. On a probably unintentional but still interesting note, "lily" is the translation of the word "[[{{GirlsLove}} yuri]]".

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** Nina literally means "little girl" and is often used in diminutives of Russian names, showing how babied she is by [[{{MyBelovedSmother}} [[MyBelovedSmother Erica,]] as well as connecting her to ''Swan Lake'', which was a Russian ballet. And when chanted by a crowd it sounds something like bird-noises. Her last name, Sayers, could be something of a ShoutOut too: Zelda Sayres, wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald, was an ambitious ballerina who came very close to making it big professionally, but who was also schizophrenic.
** Lily is harder: It's similar sounding to Odile, the name of the Black Swan from ''SwanLake''.''Theatre/SwanLake''. The name is also reminiscent of Lilith, infamous demon and seductress of the night. The Lily flower symbolizes purity and the colour white, as well as death and resurrection- all of these are particularly appropriate at the end of the film. On a probably unintentional but still interesting note, "lily" is the translation of the word "[[{{GirlsLove}} yuri]]".
10th Mar '17 3:44:06 PM JamesAustin
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10th Mar '17 3:43:35 PM JamesAustin
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Not to be confused with the 1940 Tyrone Power film ''[[Film/TheBlackSwan1940 The Black Swan]]'', [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Black_Swan_(Taleb_book) Nassim Nicholas Taleb's guide to randomness]], Creator/MercedesLackey's book ''Literature/TheBlackSwan'', the Thom Yorke song, the Music/{{Horslips}} ''Shadows On Our Skin'', or the Australian brand of dip.

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Not to be confused with the 1940 1942 Tyrone Power film ''[[Film/TheBlackSwan1940 The ''Film/{{The Black Swan]]'', Swan|1942}}'', [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Black_Swan_(Taleb_book) Nassim Nicholas Taleb's guide to randomness]], Creator/MercedesLackey's book ''Literature/TheBlackSwan'', the Thom Yorke song, the Music/{{Horslips}} ''Shadows On Our Skin'', or the Australian brand of dip.
9th Jan '17 2:53:16 AM LB7979
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* EmbarrassingRingtone: [[InvertedTrope Inverted]], as Nina's ringtone is [[https://youtu.be/9cNQFB0TDfY?t=10 Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake theme]] [[note]]As this takes place in 2010, it's not a proper .mp3 audio but a beep-beep-beep renditioning of it, but still instantly recognizable.[[/note]], which would be cheesy on other persons but for her it's FridgeBrilliance.
9th Jan '17 2:41:37 AM LB7979
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* ExcessiveEvilEyeshadow: The ballet company's interpretation of the black swan. The white swan in contrast only has a bit of white makeup.


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* ExcessiveEvilEyeshadow: The ballet company's interpretation of the black swan. The white swan in contrast only has a bit of white makeup.
10th Nov '16 2:18:24 PM ChaoticNovelist
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* ThroughTheEyesOfMadness: Nina has ''problems''!

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* ThroughTheEyesOfMadness: Nina has ''problems''!''problems''! We see them her hallucinations and whatnot.



* WomanInWhite[=/=]WomanInBlack: Nina and Lily, respectively. Later, they switch.
1st Nov '16 1:35:48 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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* JumpScare: All over the place, particularly in the scene where Beth is standing ''right'' behind Nina in the lobby after the party, the sudden appearance of [Nina's evil doppelgänger during the bath scene and many times during the "Night of Terror" sequence. Often combined with [[MirrorScare Mirror Scares.]]

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* JumpScare: All over the place, particularly in the scene where Beth is standing ''right'' behind Nina in the lobby after the party, the sudden appearance of [Nina's Nina's evil doppelgänger during the bath scene and many times during the "Night of Terror" sequence. Often combined with [[MirrorScare Mirror Scares.]]



* MoodSwinger: Erica...has some issues.

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* MoodSwinger: Erica... has some issues. issues.



* NoAntagonist: Thomas is something of an obstacle to Nina's success, but only because of the way she approaches her work with him. In reality, he ''wants'' her to succeed. Lily might be Nina's professional rival...or that might just be Nina's paranoia at work. Really, the only concrete antagonist Nina has is herself.

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* NoAntagonist: Thomas is something of an obstacle to Nina's success, but only because of the way she approaches her work with him. In reality, he ''wants'' her to succeed. Lily might be Nina's professional rival... or that might just be Nina's paranoia at work. Really, the only concrete antagonist Nina has is herself.



* OhCrap: Nina wakes up and begins to...um...[[ADateWithRosiePalms follow Thomas' instructions]]. Just as she nears her happy moment, she turns to her right...and sees her mother asleep in the chair. Needless to say, this kills the mood.

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* OhCrap: Nina wakes up and begins to... um...[[ADateWithRosiePalms follow Thomas' instructions]]. Just as she nears her happy moment, she turns to her right... and sees her mother asleep in the chair. Needless to say, this kills the mood.
2nd Oct '16 10:48:37 AM nombretomado
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* {{Homage}}: In addition to ''Swan Lake'', there's also some to EdgarAllanPoe[='s=] ''William Wilson'', about a man with an opposite-natured doppleganger.

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* {{Homage}}: In addition to ''Swan Lake'', there's also some to EdgarAllanPoe[='s=] Creator/EdgarAllanPoe[='s=] ''William Wilson'', about a man with an opposite-natured doppleganger.
24th Aug '16 5:22:22 AM Saveelich
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After years of working in the background, the [[FragileFlower innocent and fragile]] {{ballet}} dancer Nina Sayers (Creator/NataliePortman) has the chance to become the star of her troupe in a production of ''Theatre/SwanLake''. The role requires the lead to play both the delicate White Swan and the dark and sensual Black Swan. Nina is perfect for the White Swan, but her innocent nature and sexual repression makes her lack the passion the Black Swan role requires. Competition soon emerges in Lily (Creator/MilaKunis), the polar opposite of Nina, a new dancer who is charming the director Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel). When the dual nature of the two parts she plays in the production forces Nina to confront her own inner conflict of sexual repression, the pressure of the role, and Nina's obsessive desire to give a [[ThePerfectionist perfect performance]] threatens to drive her [[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness over the edge.]]

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After years of working in the background, the [[FragileFlower innocent and fragile]] {{ballet}} dancer Nina Sayers (Creator/NataliePortman) has the chance to become the star of her troupe in a production of ''Theatre/SwanLake''. The role requires the lead to play both the delicate White Swan and the dark and sensual Black Swan. Nina is perfect for the White Swan, but her innocent nature and sexual repression makes her lack the passion the Black Swan role requires. Competition soon emerges in Lily (Creator/MilaKunis), the polar opposite of Nina, a new dancer who is charming the director Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel).(Creator/VincentCassel). When the dual nature of the two parts she plays in the production forces Nina to confront her own inner conflict of sexual repression, the pressure of the role, and Nina's obsessive desire to give a [[ThePerfectionist perfect performance]] threatens to drive her [[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness over the edge.]]
22nd Aug '16 2:28:34 PM Aquila89
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* BlackBraAndPanties: The virginal and repressed Nina wears white underwear, while the sensual and free-spirited Lily wears black.
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