History Film / BlackSwan

3rd May '18 2:38:04 AM Aquila89
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* MyBelovedSmother: Nina's mother, Erica.
-->"It's our favorite!"

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* MyBelovedSmother: Nina's mother, Erica. \n-->"It's our favorite!" Nina still lives with her and she treats Nina like a child.
25th Apr '18 1:27:22 PM pecelot
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-->'''Thomas:''' The only person standing in your way is you.

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-->'''Thomas:''' The only person standing in your way is you.''you''.



* StockingFiller: Lily wears garters in her sex scene(?).

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* StockingFiller: Lily wears garters in her and Nina's sex scene(?).scene. Though it might have not happened.



* SurrealHorror: Plenty, especially in the 'Night of Terror' sequence.

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* SurrealHorror: Plenty, especially in the 'Night "Night of Terror' Terror" sequence.



* TalentDouble: Ballet dancer Sarah Lane was the "dance double" for Natalie Portman. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Swan_dance_double_controversy Some issues have arisen from this.]]

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* TalentDouble: Ballet dancer Sarah Lane was the "dance double" for Natalie Portman. Mila Kunis had one, too. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Swan_dance_double_controversy Some issues have arisen from this.]]



** In RealLife, Portman is now married to the ballet instructor for the film (who also played David/ The Prince), Benjamin Millepied.

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** In RealLife, Portman is now married to the ballet instructor for the film (who also played David/ The David/The Prince), Benjamin Millepied.



* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: Post-Oscar nom commercials show Nina's transformation.

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* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: Post-Oscar nom Post-Oscar-Nomination commercials show Nina's transformation.
25th Apr '18 1:14:39 PM pecelot
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* MoodWhiplash: Several, but none more severe than when Nina is first doing her ''[[UnusualEuphemism homework]]'' and rolls over to find her mother sleeping next to her.

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* MoodWhiplash: Several, but none more severe than when Nina is first doing her ''[[UnusualEuphemism homework]]'' and rolls over to find her mother sleeping in an armchair next to her.



-->'''Thomas:''' The only person standing in your way is you.



* 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.



* PlotBasedVoiceCancellation: During the Night Of Terror an argument between Nina and Erica is drowned out by Nina's music box.

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* PlotBasedVoiceCancellation: During the Night Of Terror "Night of Terror" an argument between Nina and Erica is drowned out by Nina's music box.



* PsychologicalThriller: The primary genre, though some people regard it as a horror flick, possibly due to the sheer amount of NightMareFuel and MindScrew.

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* PsychologicalThriller: The primary genre, though some people regard it as a horror flick, possibly due to the sheer amount of NightMareFuel NightmareFuel and MindScrew.



* SeriousBusiness: Swan Lake, of course. Lampshaded when [[ThoseTwoGuys "Tom and Jerry"]] can't even pretend to be interested.

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* SeriousBusiness: Swan Lake, of course. Lampshaded when [[ThoseTwoGuys "Tom Tom and Jerry"]] Jerry]] can't even pretend to be interested.



* SlasherSmile: Evil Nina unleashes a horrifying one during the bath scene: [[http://www.n-portman.org/gallery/displayimage.php?pid=39951&fullsize=1 Here]]. Later, after returning home from the club, Nina flashes [[http://www.n-portman.org/gallery/displayimage.php?pid=40208&fullsize=1 this]].
* SpiritualAntithesis: The film manages to serve as ''both'' a SpiritualSequel and this to ''Film/TheWrestler''. Creator/DarrenAronofsky described them as "two halves of the same film": both involve artist protagonists whose careers wreak havoc in their personal life but ''The Wrestler'' revolves around the beauty found in the "lower art" of wrestling while ''Black Swan'' revolves around the horror found in the "higher art" of ballet.
* SpiritualSequel: To ''Film/TheWrestler'', of all things. They begin similarly, both depict the tolls that Randy/Nina's chosen profession takes on their body and identity, and they end with literally the same shot. WordOfGod says that they are "Two halves of the same film", with ProfessionalWrestling representing the lowest art, and Ballet representing the highest. They were in fact originally ''the same'' film, with Marisa Tomei's role in ''The Wrestler'' originally planned as being a ballerina. Aronofsky decided he couldn't do justice to either story by cramming them into the same movie, so instead he made one, then the other.

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* SlasherSmile: Evil Nina unleashes a horrifying one during the bath scene: [[http://www.n-portman.org/gallery/displayimage.php?pid=39951&fullsize=1 Here]]. scene. Later, after returning home from the club, Nina flashes [[http://www.n-portman.org/gallery/displayimage.php?pid=40208&fullsize=1 this]].
one, too.
* SpiritualAntithesis: The film manages to serve as ''both'' a SpiritualSequel and this to ''Film/TheWrestler''. Creator/DarrenAronofsky described them as "two halves of the same film": both involve artist protagonists whose careers wreak havoc in their personal life but ''The Wrestler'' revolves around the beauty found in the "lower art" of wrestling while ''Black Swan'' revolves around the horror found in the "higher art" of ballet.
* SpiritualSequel: To ''Film/TheWrestler'', of all things. They begin similarly, both depict the tolls that Randy/Nina's chosen profession takes on their body and identity, and they end with literally the same shot. WordOfGod says that they are "Two halves of the same film", with ProfessionalWrestling representing the lowest art, and Ballet representing the highest.
ballet. They were in fact originally ''the same'' film, with Marisa Tomei's role in ''The Wrestler'' originally planned as being a ballerina. Aronofsky decided he couldn't do justice to either story by cramming them into the same movie, so instead he made one, then the other.other.
* SpiritualSequel: See above.
25th Apr '18 12:09:39 PM pecelot
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* GenreShift: Less of a shift than in most examples, but the movie does sway back and forth between being a psychological thriller and an overt horror story, although the balance between psychological thriller and horror tips more and more towards the horror end of the scale as the movie goes on.
* GetOut: Nina screams this at her mother several times while pushing her out of her room during the 'Night of Terror' sequence where she hallucinates she's transforming into a black swan, which ends with her slamming the door on her mother's fingers several times.

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* GenreShift: Less of a shift than in most examples, but the movie does sway back and forth between being a psychological thriller and an overt horror story, although the balance between psychological thriller and horror it tips more and more towards the horror end of the scale as the movie goes on.
* GetOut: Nina screams this at her mother several times while pushing her out of her room during the 'Night "Night of Terror' Terror" sequence where she hallucinates she's transforming into a black swan, which ends with her slamming the door on her mother's fingers several times.
25th Apr '18 2:53:43 AM pecelot
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** At the club, when Nina and Lily are dancing, the butterflies from Nina's room briefly appear on the left side of the screen, as does the moon, reflecting the line about going "to the moon and back." At the same time, some barely noticeable face switching between Nina and Lily occurs, and Nina's Black Swan eye makeup appears for a split-second. Additionally, the guy that Nina is dancing with morphs into Rothbart several times (he also appears in the background in some frames), and at one point his face morphs into that of Thomas. Also, Nina's White Swan costume appears in a few frames, as does the Icarus statue. Blurred imagery of a nude woman can be seen in at least three frames, as well. Plus, in several of the frames, the people in the background are often distorted and out-of-focus. As well as... loads of other surreal imagery. Some (but not all) of these moments can be viewed [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78JrXfkHXFY here]].

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** At the club, when Nina and Lily are dancing, the butterflies from Nina's room briefly appear on the left side of the screen, as does the moon, reflecting the line about going "to the moon and back." At the same time, some barely noticeable face switching between Nina and Lily occurs, and Nina's Black Swan eye makeup appears for a split-second. Additionally, the guy that Nina is dancing with morphs into Rothbart several times (he also appears in the background in some frames), and at one point his face morphs into that of Thomas. Also, Nina's White Swan costume appears in a few frames, as does the Icarus statue. Blurred imagery of a nude woman can be seen in at least three frames, as well. Plus, in several of the frames, the people in the background are often distorted and out-of-focus. As well as... loads of other surreal imagery. Some (but not all) of these moments The sequence can be viewed [[http://www.[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78JrXfkHXFY com/watch?v=vmkIiBVgCOg here]].



** Lily has flowers tattooed onto her shoulders ([[MeaningfulName lilies]], in fact). During the scene in Nina's room, they suddenly change into swan wings.
24th Apr '18 7:21:29 AM pecelot
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* CaughtWithYourPantsDown: While Nina is [[UnusualEuphemism doing her homework]], she rolls over and realizes that her mother is in the room with her. Only a partial example, because her mother was asleep.

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* CaughtWithYourPantsDown: While Nina is [[UnusualEuphemism doing her homework]], she rolls over and realizes that her mother is in the room with her. Only a partial example, because [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]], as her mother was asleep.
24th Apr '18 7:12:01 AM pecelot
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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Whether or not Nina died from her chest wound, she at least—in her own damaged mind—achieved perfection.]] [[WordOfGod Darren however]] confirmed that [[spoiler: Nina does ''not'' die, but rather her injury represents her "[[CharacterDevelopment finally becoming a woman]]". Considering ''[[TraumaCongaLine everything]]'' [[SanitySlippage she endured mentally and physically]], it's satisfactory she gets a good ending]].

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Whether or not Nina died from her chest wound, she at least—in her own damaged mind—achieved perfection.]] However, [[WordOfGod Darren however]] confirmed Aronofsky confirmed]] that [[spoiler: Nina does ''not'' die, but rather her injury represents her "[[CharacterDevelopment finally becoming a woman]]". Considering ''[[TraumaCongaLine everything]]'' [[SanitySlippage she endured mentally and physically]], it's satisfactory she gets a good ending]].
24th Apr '18 7:09:37 AM pecelot
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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Whether or not Nina died from her chest wound, she at least—in her own damaged mind—achieved perfection.]] [[WordOfGod Darren however]] confirmed that [[spoiler: Nina does ''not'' die, but rather her injury represents her "[[CharacterDevelopment finally becoming a woman]]". Considering ''[[TraumaCongaLine everything]]'' [[SanitySlippage she endured mentally and physically]], it's good she gets a good ending]].

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Whether or not Nina died from her chest wound, she at least—in her own damaged mind—achieved perfection.]] [[WordOfGod Darren however]] confirmed that [[spoiler: Nina does ''not'' die, but rather her injury represents her "[[CharacterDevelopment finally becoming a woman]]". Considering ''[[TraumaCongaLine everything]]'' [[SanitySlippage she endured mentally and physically]], it's good satisfactory she gets a good ending]].
21st Jan '18 5:21:53 PM nombretomado
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* SirNotAppearingInThisTrailer: WinonaRyder (though she appears in the international trailer).

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* SirNotAppearingInThisTrailer: WinonaRyder Creator/WinonaRyder (though she appears in the international trailer).
21st Jan '18 3:44:12 PM LongTallShorty64
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Not to be confused with the 1942 Tyrone Power film ''Film/{{The Black 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.

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Not to be confused with the 1942 Tyrone Power Creator/TyronePower film ''Film/{{The Black 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.
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