Darren Aronofsky (born 1969) is an American film director, producer and screenwriter, known for producing art-house movies with avant-garde filming techniques. He is a close collaborator with composer Clint Mansell.His works to date include:
- Soldier Boyz (1997, the video game adaptation of the movie)
- π (1998)
- Requiem for a Dream (2000, adapted from the novel)
- The Fountain (2006)
- The Wrestler (2008)
- Black Swan (2010)
- Noah (2014)
Tropes associated with Darren Aronofsky:
- Creator Thumbprint: Many (if not all) of his works carry a constant underlying plot of obsession leading to the main character's self-destruction (or near-destruction).
- Facecam: Used in π and Requiem for a Dream, which popularized it. One of the DVD bonus features included with π is a clip of Sean Gullette testing out a Face Cam while walking around New York.
- Fade to White
- Fan Disservice: He somehow managed to make Jennifer Connelly performing a lesbian sex act on stage (Requiem for a Dream) and Natalie Portman making out with Mila Kunis (Black Swan) terrifying.
- Mind Screw
- Production Posse: Matthew Libatique was the cinematographer of his films except The Wrestler, and Clint Mansell made the score for all of them. Mark Margolis, who plays a main role in π, has small roles in all of Aronofsky's following films. Additionally, Ellen Burstyn has roles in Requiem for a Dream and The Fountain, and Sean Gullette appears in both π and Requiem for a Dream. Stanley B. Herman also plays a Dirty Old Man in π, Requiem for a Dream, and Black Swan.
- Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism: Most of his films lean heavily to the cynical side. Testament to this: Requiem has been listed as one of the most depressing movies of ALL TIME. As a rule: His. Films. Can get. DARK.
- Sibling Yin-Yang/Twice Told Tale: If you consider a director's films his children, then this describes The Wrestler and Black Swan perfectly. Whereas The Wrestler is about the hidden beauty of a brutal sport, Black Swan is about the hidden brutality of a beautiful art form. And both main characters presumably die after performing their final Crowning Moment of Awesome. Aronofsky originally planned to make a film, where a wrestler falls in love with a ballerina; he ended up making these two.