[4] Aronofsky filmed Black Swan with a muted palette and a grainy style, which he intended to be similar to The Wrestler. Nina Sayers. DESCRIPTION. After dancing the final act, in which Odette attempts to commit suicide by throwing herself off a cliff but instead falls onto a hidden mattress, the theater erupts in thunderous applause while Thomas, Lily, and the rest of the cast all gather to congratulate Nina. Natalie Portman Nina Sayers/ The Swan Queen. Not just the prince but the court, but the audience, the entire world. The Double Entendre of Doubles: An Exploration of Doppelgängers in 'Dr. Graham Charles McNaughton Fenner Frederic Worlock Speaker Willie Fung Chinese Cook We know that Natalie Portman studied ballet as a kid and had a year of intensive training for the film, but that doesn't add up to being a ballerina. [38] It also had a Gala screening at the 35th Toronto International Film Festival later in the month. Henry Morgan Thomas Mitchell Tommy Blue George Sanders Capt. During the end of the ballet's second act, Nina becomes distracted by another hallucination, causing the Prince to drop her on stage. During rehearsals, Thomas tells Nina to observe a new dancer, Lily, whom he describes as possessing an uninhibited quality that Nina lacks. The newspaper then compared it to the 1948 ballet film The Red Shoes in having "a nightmarish quality ... of a dancer consumed by her desire to dance". | [62] Vulture's Kyle Buchanan also noted the similarities of the film's plot to the widely derided Showgirls, and said that the director Darren Aronofsky "owes a feather-tip to Paul Verhoeven’s exploitation classic more than [he] might be willing to admit". When Lily denies that the sexual part of the evening had ever taken place, Nina wonders whether or not their sexual encounter was a hallucination. She confronts Thomas, who becomes so impressed by her confidence that he allows her to perform as Odette. She stated: "Natalie took class, she studied for several months, from the waist up is her. Over dinner, Lily offers Nina an ecstasy capsule to help her relax. The director had also seen numerous productions of Swan Lake, and he connected the duality of the White Swan and the Black Swan to the script. 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[11] Kunis engaged in cardio and Pilates, "train[ing] seven days a week, five hours, for five, six months total, and ... was put on a very strict diet of 1,200 calories a day." [32] Because of the use of Tchaikovsky's music, the score was deemed ineligible to be entered into the 2010 Academy Awards for Best Original Score. Cast. You wear a tutu and you stand on stage and you look cute and twirl. Upon release, it received critical acclaim with particular praise toward Aronofsky's direction and the performances of Kunis and Portman; it was also a commercial success, grossing $330 million worldwide against a $13 million budget. Nina receives a standing ovation from the audience and, after surprising Thomas with a passionate kiss, returns to her dressing room. Add To Cart. [57] The Sydney Morning Herald reported that "the film divided critics. That's what [Nina] lacks. According to The Independent, the film was considered one of "the most highly anticipated" films of late 2010. [65] In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Gillian Murphy, a principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre praised the visual elements of the film but noted that the film presentation of the ballet world was "extreme. [23], The non-original music featured in Black Swan consists of music by Tchaikovsky featuring performances on-screen and in the soundtrack by violinist Tim Fain[30] and a track of electronica dance music by English production duo The Chemical Brothers. Add to Compare. Your whole body has to be structured differently. "[55] Leonard Maltin, on his blog Movie Crazy, admitted that he "couldn't stand" the film, despite praising Natalie Portman's performance. Producers. See what the cast has been up to since Black Swan … [37] Black Swan was presented in a sneak screening at the Telluride Film Festival on September 5, 2010. Watson felt that the film "makes [ballet] look so naff and laughable. ", "What Britain's ballet stars made of Black Swan", "Dancers object to Black Swan's stereotypes", "Professional dancers weigh in on 'Black Swan, "The cult Japanese filmmaker that inspired Darren Aronofsky", "Is There a Blackout on Black Swan's Dancing? Intrepid II Catalyst $119.00. Lily / The Black Swan: Vincent Cassel ... Thomas Leroy / The Gentleman: Barbara Hershey ... Erica Sayers / The Queen: Winona Ryder ... Beth Macintyre / The Dying Swan: Benjamin Millepied ... David / The … Personal and family history 5. The psychological ballet thriller was gripping, The critically-acclaimed ballet drama ‘Black Swan’ is celebrating its 10th anniversary on Dec. 3. [35] The festival's artistic director Marco Mueller had chosen Black Swan over The American (starring George Clooney) for opening film, saying, "[It] was just a better fit ... Clooney is a wonderful actor, and he will always be welcome in Venice. "[13] Georgina Parkinson, a ballet mistress from the American Ballet Theatre (ABT), coached the actors in ballet. "[36] Black Swan screened in competition and is the third consecutive film directed by Aronofsky to premiere at the festival, following The Fountain and The Wrestler. | I couldn't think of another example where they did that ... steady-cams are very different than hand-helds, because hand-held gives you that verite feel. [39][40] In October 2010, Black Swan was screened at the New Orleans Film Festival,[41] the Austin Film Festival,[42] and the BFI London Film Festival. [5], Aronofsky called Black Swan a companion piece to his previous film The Wrestler, recalling one of his early projects about a love affair between a wrestler and a ballerina. [14] ABT soloists Sarah Lane and Maria Riccetto served as "dance doubles" for Portman and Kunis respectively. [69] Westcott challenged that view and stated that in all only 7 costumes, among them the Black and White Swan, had been created in a collaboration between Rodarte, Westcott, and Aronofsky. [10], Portman and Kunis started training six months before the start of filming in order to attain a body type and muscle tone more similar to those of professional dancers. An article in the British newspaper The Independent suggested those costumes had actually been created by Rodarte's Kate and Laura Mulleavy. Black Swan: A black swan is an event or occurrence that deviates beyond what is normally expected of a situation and is extremely difficult to predict. [47] The film took in a total of $415,822 on its opening day, averaging $23,101 per theater. [49] The film is Fox Searchlight Pictures' highest per-theater average gross ever, and it ranks 21st on the all-time list. The cast is excellently well chosen and deliver some of the best performances of their respective careers. With this understanding of the external context, we can now dive into explaining what happened in the movie. "[5] About the psychological thriller nature of Black Swan, actress Natalie Portman compared the film's tone to Polanski's 1968 film Rosemary's Baby,[6] while Aronofsky said Polanski's Repulsion (1965) and The Tenant (1976) were "big influences" on the final film. black swan will always be one of my favorite movies of all time. ... Click the button below to add the Intrepid Flexburn Cast Black to your wish list. Nina also falls victim to several hallucinations of a doppelgänger following her wherever she goes and finds unexplained scratch marks on her back. Upon the film's release in the United Kingdom, The Guardian interviewed four professional ballet dancers in the UK: Tamara Rojo, Lauren Cuthbertson, Edward Watson, and Elena Glurjidze. [50] On its second weekend the film expanded to 90 theaters, and grossed $3.3 million, ranking it as the sixth film at the box-office. He eventually separated the wrestling and the ballet worlds as "too much for one movie". "[70], ABT dancer Sarah Lane served as a "dance double" for Portman in the film. Director. it amazes me everytime i watch it and everything is perfect. A committed dancer struggles to maintain her sanity after winning the lead role in a production of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake". [15] In a March 3 blog entry for Dance Magazine, editor-in-chief Wendy Perron asked: "Do people really believe that it takes only one year to make a ballerina? Joseph P. Reidy Ari Handel Jon Avnet Mike Medavoy Arnold Messer Brad Fischer David Thwaites Rick Schwartz Brian Oliver Jennifer Roth Tyler Thompson Peter Fruchtman Scott Franklin Jerry Fruchtman Rose Garnett Gabrielle Mahon. [20], Aronofsky and Portman first discussed a ballet film in 2000, after the release of Requiem for a Dream, though the script had not yet been written. I was concerned if that would affect the suspense, but after a while I said, "screw it, let's go for it. Black Swan premiered as the opening film for the 67th Venice International Film Festival on September 1, 2010. Writers. Clinical Formulation Personal While changing, Nina hears a knock at the door and opens it to find Lily alive and congratulating her. It received five nominations at the 83rd Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing and winning Best Actress for Portman, and received five nominations at the 68th Golden Globe Awards: Best Motion Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actress for Kunis and winning Best Actress for Portman. Thomas Leroy/The Gentleman: Not so controlled. Darren Aronofsky. It was nominated for a total of three Academy Awards, and won the award for Best Cinematography, Color.It was based on the 1932 novel of the same title by Rafael Sabatini. Darren Aronofsky first became interested in ballet when his sister studied dance at the High School of Performing Arts in New York City. DSM IV-TR diagnosis 7. Black Swan's Adhesive-Lube is a unique, black, one component liquid neoprene adhesive developed to improve installation and sealing of compression type gaskets for cast iron pipe joints.It is strongly recommended for joining all untarred pipe and fittings and for all tarred large diameters (5" through 15") pipe and fittings. [4] When researching for the production of Black Swan, Aronofsky found ballet to be "a very insular world" whose dancers were "not impressed by movies". The cast also featured incredible stars like Mila Kunis and Winona Ryder. AKA: ''Le Cygne Noir'', Чорний лебiдь, Shavi gedi, Cisne Negro, El cisne negro. After learning that Thomas has made Lily her alternate, Nina's hallucinations grow increasingly strong to the point where her mother tries to prevent her from performing on opening night. "[61] Similarly, in a piece for The Huffington Post, Rob Kirkpatrick praised Portman's performance but compared the film's story to that of Showgirls (1995) and Burlesque (2010) while concluding Black Swan is "simply higher-priced cheese, Aronofsky's camembert to [Burlesque director Steve] Antin's cheddar. Thomas orders some of the dancers to go get help and frantically asks Nina what happened to her. She arrives at Lincoln Center only to discover that Lily is indeed set to take over her role. She returns to her dressing room and finds Lily preparing to play Odile. It doesn't show why ballet is so important to us – why we would want to try so hard. The following morning, Nina wakes up alone and realizes she is late for the dress rehearsal. The plot revolves around a production of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake ballet by the New York City Ballet company. Black Swan (2010 Film) Cast List by Darren Aronofsky About Black Swan (2010 Film) Black Swan (2010 Film) Summary Character List Cast List Director's Influence Glossary Themes Quotes Analysis Symbols, Allegory and Motifs Irony Imagery Literary Elements Essay Questions "[66], Several critics noted striking similarities between Satoshi Kon's 1997 anime film Perfect Blue and Aronofsky's Black Swan. [4] Portman worked out for five hours a day, doing ballet, cross-training, and swimming. With Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, Winona Ryder. It had a limited release in the United States starting December 3, 2010 and opened in wide release on December 17. Add To Cart. Also, for The Wrestler it was a money-saving thing. Lily. The per location average was the second highest for the opening weekend of 2010 behind The King's Speech. But this is very different because you can't fake it. Black Swan. [68], Amy Westcott is credited as the costume designer and received several award nominations. [4] Also appearing in the film are Kristina Anapau,[17] Toby Hemingway,[18] Sebastian Stan,[19] and Janet Montgomery. Add to Wishlist. Now show me your black swan, Nina. The film went on to gross over $106 million in the United States and over $329 million worldwide.[3]. "[21] On the decade's wait before production, she said, "The fact that I had spent so much time with the idea ... allowed it to marinate a little before we shot. [43] In November 2010, the film was screened at American Film Institute's AFI Fest in Los Angeles, the Denver Film Festival and Camerimage Festival in Bydgoszcz, Poland. Technical Specs, See agents for this cast & crew on IMDbPro, makeup department head (as Margie Durand), additional hair stylist (as Valerie Gladstone), special effects makeup assistant (as Emma Jacobs), additional makeup artist (as Angela L. Johnson), prosthetic makeup designer (as Mike Marino), special makeup effects artist (uncredited), first assistant director (as Joseph Reidy), assistant property master (as Jasmine Ballou), construction production assistant (as Noreen E. Souza-Bailey), additional graphic artist: props (uncredited), re-recording mixer / sound designer / supervising sound editor, additional boom person (as Brendan O'Brien), supervising adr editor / supervising dialogue editor, datasat sound mastering engineer (uncredited), special effects coordinator (as Conrad Brink), special effects contact lenses (uncredited), digital compositor: Look Effects (as Cyntia Buell), visual effects executive producer: Look Effects, president: Look Effects (as Mark Driscoll), additional visual effects supervisor: Look Effects, compositor: Look Effects (as Kelly Fisher), flame artist: Look Effects (as David Geoghagen), digital compositor: Look Effects / digital compositor: visual effects, digital compositor: Look Effects (as Danny Kim), 3D artist: Look Effects (as Jessica Y.C. Nina forces her way past her mother, shouting, "I'm the Swan Queen, you're the one who never left the corps!". [15] Dancer Kimberly Prosa also served as a double for Portman. After making The Fountain (2006), Aronofsky and producer Mike Medavoy had screenwriter John McLaughlin rewrite The Understudy; Aronofsky said McLaughlin "took my idea of Swan Lake and the ballet and put [the story] into the ballet world and changed the title to Black Swan. Still, those elements of the film and the strong direction from Aronofsky could not have worked without a ferocious cast of performers. Barbara Hershey Erica Sayers/The Queen. During the closing credits, the major cast members were credited both as their film characters as well as their corresponding characters from Swan Lake. She hides the corpse and returns to the stage, where she loses herself and gives a flawless performance as Odile. Nina replies to him that her performance was perfect and loses consciousness as the screen slowly fades to blinding white light and the credits roll. Lai), roto/paint: Look Effects (as Martin Mcgreevy), 3D artist: Look Effects (as York Schueller), digital compositor: Look Effects (as Greg Silverman), digital compositor: Look Effects (as Katherine Filtrani), 3D artist: Look Effects (as Antonello Stornello), additional visual effects producer: Look Effects, digital compositor: Look Effects (as Chris Wesselman), roto/paint: Look Effects (as Melissa Widdup), stunt double: Natalie Portman (uncredited), generator operator (as Nicholas Cupkovic), company electric (as Samuel Gonzalez Jr.), theatrical follow spot operator (as Craig P. Harris), theatrical chief lighting (as Lorne Mac Dougall), theatrical follow spot operator (as James J. Manzione), theatrical house flyman (as Kevin Mccarthy), theatrical follow spot operator (as James F. Mccullagh), company electric (as Kabkeo 'Ozzie' Phothivongsa), first assistant camera (as Aurelia J. Winborn), dailies project manager (as Kristyn Dipane), assistant location manager (as Dan Tresca), adaptor: music from "Swan Lake" / arranger: music from "Swan Lake" / score conductor / score orchestrator, recording artist liaison (as Mary Anne Hobbs), adaptor: music from "Swan Lake" / arranger: music from "Swan Lake", midi preparation (as David Russell) / score preparation (as David Russell), music: digital orchestral timings (uncredited), transportation co-captain (as Peter J. Clores), transportation captain (as Steven Hammond), contact lens consultant (as Dr. Mitchell Cassel), post-production accountant: Trevanna Post (as Jennifer Freed), post-production accountant: Trevanna Post, personal coach: Mr. Cassel (as Vernice Klier-Moskowitz), production secretary (as M. Baldwin Lewis), completion guarantor: Film Finances, Inc. 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