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“You can’t tear your eyes away” (Entertainment Weekly) from this “wicked, psychosexual thriller” (Daily Variety) starring ACADEMY AWARD® WINNER Natalie Portman* and directed by Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler ). Portman delivers “the performance of her career” (Vanity Fair ) as Nina, a stunningly talented but dangerously unstable ballerina on the verge of stardom. Pushed to the breaking point by her driven artistic director (Vincent Cassel) and the threat posed by a seductive rival dancer (Mila Kunis), Nina’s tenuous grip on reality starts to slip away – plunging her into a waking nightmare.
Feverish worlds such as espionage and warfare have nothing on the hothouse realm of ballet, as director Darren Aronofsky makes clear in Black Swan, his over-the-top delve into a particularly fraught production of Swan Lake. At the very moment hard-working ballerina Nina (Natalie Portman) lands the plum role of the White Swan, her company director (Vincent Cassel) informs her that she'll also play the Black Swan--and while Nina's precise, almost virginal technique will serve her well in the former role, the latter will require a looser, lustier attack. The strain of reaching within herself for these feelings, along with nattering comments from her mother (Barbara Hershey) and the perceived rivalry from a new dancer (Mila Kunis), are enough to make anybody crack… and tracing out the fault lines of Nina's breakdown is right in Aronofsky's wheelhouse. Those cracks are broad indeed, as Nina's psychological instability is telegraphed with blunt-force emphasis in this neurotic roller-coaster ride. The characters are stick figures--literally, in the case of the dancers, but also as single-note stereotypes in the horror show: witchy bad mommy, sexually intimidating male boss, wacko diva (Winona Ryder, as the prima ballerina Nina is replacing). Yet the film does work up some crazed momentum (and undeniably earned its share of critical raves), and the final sequence is one juicy curtain-dropper. A good part of the reason for this is the superbly all-or-nothing performance by Natalie Portman, who packs an enormous amount of ferocity into her small body. Kudos, too, to Tchaikovsky's incredibly durable music, which has meshed well with psychological horror at least since being excerpted for the memorably moody opening credits of the 1931 Dracula, another pirouette through the dark side. --Robert Horton
I finally watched this movie! Unfortunately, I kept waiting for the movie to get good and then it was over.Published 10 days ago by Ms. Hudson
Deep, dark psychological thriller! Lots of symbolism embedded throughout the movie.Published 11 days ago by Natalie Ricker
Very well acted by all, but ultimately not my cup of tea––too dark and sad.Published 12 days ago by Daniel Loveland
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Does anyone know if the Amazon Blu-Ray comes with a digital copy? It says so in the product description, but usually Digital Copy is mentioned in the title.
Mar 23, 2011 by JMM | See all 8 posts
|Problems with Black Swan Blu-Ray||
I just called FoxConnect and they told me to go into my system settings and delete the Cache.... and then it worked!
Apr 9, 2011 by A. Proto | See all 5 posts
|why did amazon take black swan off it's shelves?||
I haven't seen the film myself but dvdbeaver.com said this about the transfer:
"Unlike just about every other major studio's offerings these days, Black Swan was shot, not on 35 mm film, but mostly with a 16 mm camera with the support of the Canon 5D Mk II full frame digital camera (I have... Read More
Apr 2, 2011 by Sindre | See all 18 posts
March 29th 2011 has been confirmed as the release date on multiple sites for the DVD and Blu-Ray release.
Feb 8, 2011 by ML | See all 9 posts
|Anyone think the movie looks too grainy?||
Its not the digital transfer. They made the decision to shoot many parts of the film in 16mm.
Feb 26, 2012 by Mark bennett | See all 4 posts
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