Darren Aronofsky (born February 12, 1969) is an American film director, producer and screenwriter, known for producing controversial 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)
- Jackie (2016) (Produced Only)
- mother! (2017)
Tropes associated with Aronofsky's work:
- Central Theme: His films are usually about obsession, ambition, and the psychological torment that comes from it.
- Creator Breakdown: He suffered one after the negative reception and financial failure of mother!.
- 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.
- 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.
- Production Posse: Matthew Libatique was the cinematographer of his films except The Wrestler, Clint Mansell made the score for all of them except mother! and Andrew Weisblum was the editor for the last four. Mark Margolis, who plays a main role in π, has small roles in all of Aronofsky's following films except mother!. 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. James Jean has done promo art for The Fountain and Noah and also did the first two teaser◊ posters◊ for mother!.
- Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. 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: 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.
- What Could Have Been: He was supposed to direct the Lost episode "?", hence that episode being even more dependent on surrealism than the show usually was, but The Fountain ended up taking too much of his time.