History Film / BlackSwan

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.
2nd Jul '16 2:12:06 PM Aquila89
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* HilariousInHindsight: In one particularly uncomfortable scene, the jerkass director berates Nina for a lack of sensuality in her performance by demanding of her dancing partner "would 'you' [[spoiler: fuck]] her?!" Considering that the actor playing said partner wound up marrying her and fathering her child, the exact answer to that question appears to be a resounding '''YES'''.
18th Jun '16 11:24:28 AM Mdumas43073
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Not to be confused with the 1940s 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 1940s 1940 Tyrone Power film [[Film/TheBlackSwan1940 ''[[Film/TheBlackSwan1940 The Black Swan]], 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.
18th Jun '16 11:22:55 AM Mdumas43073
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'''''Black Swan''''' is a 2010 Creator/DarrenAronofsky film. Is it '''''ever''''' a Darren Aronofsky film.

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'''''Black Swan''''' ''Black Swan'' is a 2010 Creator/DarrenAronofsky film. Is it '''''ever''''' ''ever'' a Darren Aronofsky film.



Not to be confused with the 1940s 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 1940s 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 Our Skin'', or the Australian brand of dip.dip.
13th Mar '16 3:15:17 PM Dezdet
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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). 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 role, and Nina's obsessive desire to give a [[ThePerfectionist perfect performance]] threatens to drive her [[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness over the edge.]]



* BittersweetEnding[=/=][[spoiler:GreatWayToGo]]: [[spoiler:Whether or not Nina died from her chest wound, she at least - in her own damaged mind - achieved perfection.]]

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* BittersweetEnding[=/=][[spoiler:GreatWayToGo]]: [[spoiler:Whether or not Nina died from her chest wound, she at least - in least—in her own damaged mind - achieved mind—achieved perfection.]]



** Nina and her mother's apartment (especially her room) is brightly lit, sunny, and full of color, especially white and pink. Thomas' apartment is filled with blacks and grays, and the studio itself is mainly white and black with touches of gray. Nina herself always wears pink and white, but her palette becomes darker as the movie goes on.
** On their night out itself, Nina puts on Lily's black top over her white top and then wears a grey sweatshirt over that. She then proceeds to wear a lot of grey for the rest of the movie. When Nina returns to the studio after the party scene, many of the palettes are swapped - characters that were wearing black are now wearing white, and vice versa.

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** Nina and her mother's apartment (especially her room) is brightly lit, sunny, and full of color, especially white and pink. Thomas' apartment is filled with blacks and grays, and the studio itself is mainly white and black with touches of gray.grey. Nina herself always wears pink and white, but her palette becomes darker as the movie goes on.
** On their night out itself, Nina puts on Lily's black top over her white top and then wears a grey sweatshirt over that. She then proceeds to wear a lot of grey for the rest of the movie. When Nina returns to the studio after the party scene, many of the palettes are swapped - characters swapped—characters that were wearing black are now wearing white, and vice versa.



** It certainly is a kind of ComingOfAgeStory - even though Nina is a woman, she is immature; she is going through experiences that usually occur much earlier in a girls life (body image issues, coming to terms with sexuality) and are part of the difficult transition to adulthood. The difficulty is compounded by the fact that Nina seems to have been cosseted by her mother in a childish bedroom, being her mother's little girl... she is socially and sexually inexperienced... and she is very mentally ill.

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** It certainly is a kind of ComingOfAgeStory - even ComingOfAgeStory. Even though Nina is a woman, she is immature; she is going through experiences that usually occur much earlier in a girls life (body image issues, coming to terms with sexuality) and are part of the difficult transition to adulthood. The difficulty is compounded by the fact that Nina seems to have been cosseted by her mother in a childish bedroom, being her mother's little girl... she is socially and sexually inexperienced... and she is very mentally ill.



** The crowning moment, as well as the hardest to watch scene in the film, is when Nina is at the opening season ceremony in the bathroom. She notices a hangnail on her middle finger and proceeds to pick at it, and...well...this scene was nominated for "Biggest Jaw Dropping Moment" at the MTV awards to give some idea of how bad the next bit is. Thankfully, it turns out to be a hallucination afterwards.

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** The crowning moment, as well as the hardest to watch scene in the film, is when Nina is at the opening season ceremony in the bathroom. She notices a hangnail on her middle finger and proceeds to pick at it, and...well... well... this scene was nominated for "Biggest Jaw Dropping Moment" at the MTV awards to give some idea of how bad the next bit is. Thankfully, it turns out to be a hallucination afterwards.



** Whenever Nina [[ADateWithRosiePalms is enjoying a private moment with herself]], THE SWANS ARE WATCHING--there's a black swan stuffed animal in her bedroom, visible when she touches herself in bed, and there's a white swan on the bathroom tile behind her head when she's in the bathtub. Not to mention all of the weird face-switches.

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** Whenever Nina [[ADateWithRosiePalms is enjoying a private moment with herself]], THE SWANS ARE WATCHING--there's WATCHING—there's a black swan stuffed animal in her bedroom, visible when she touches herself in bed, and there's a white swan on the bathroom tile behind her head when she's in the bathtub. Not to mention all of the weird face-switches.



** There are a few occasions when different people suddenly turn into Nina's doppelgänger for a few seconds, something which can be hard to miss - an early example is the random passer-by near the beginning of the film. There's also [[spoiler:Lily during the sex scene and during the earlier scene when she smokes with Nina in the ballet studio, Beth during the nail file scene, and four of the backup dancers during the actual performance of ''Swan Lake''.]]

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** There are a few occasions when different people suddenly turn into Nina's doppelgänger for a few seconds, something which can be hard to miss - an miss—an early example is the random passer-by near the beginning of the film. There's also [[spoiler:Lily during the sex scene and during the earlier scene when she smokes with Nina in the ballet studio, Beth during the nail file scene, and four of the backup dancers during the actual performance of ''Swan Lake''.]]
13th Mar '16 3:05:59 PM Dezdet
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* BecomingTheMask: Happens to Nina--Maybe. Too much in this movie depends on your interpretation to say for sure.

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* BecomingTheMask: Happens to Nina--Maybe.Nina—maybe. Too much in this movie depends on your interpretation to say for sure.
9th Mar '16 1:59:40 PM Bartron
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* HilariousInHindsight: In one particularly uncomfortable scene, the jerkass director berates Nina for a lack of sensuality in her performance by demanding of her dancing partner "would 'you' [[spoiler: fuck]] her?!" Considering that the actor playing said partner wound up marrying her and fathering her child, the exact answer to that question appears to be a resounding '''YES'''.
3rd Mar '16 5:02:43 PM ryanasaurus0077
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* StraightToThePointe: Averted. An early scene shows the effects of dancing en pointe have on Nina's feet.
23rd Jan '16 10:41:00 PM BronyoftheOctaves
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** Thomas however does show shades of JerkassWithAHeartOfGold, especially towards [[spoiler: the end where he shows genuine concern over Nina's injury]].

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** Thomas however does show shades of JerkassWithAHeartOfGold, especially towards [[spoiler: the end where he shows genuine concern over Nina's injury]]. While he's a bit crass too, he ''really'' just wants Nina to be more spontaneous and less timid.
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