Recent reviews for Black Swan

This is a review from the IMDb website, explaining possibly why the film is doing so well, and what aspects make people want to watch it;

The visuals and editing are the drive of what helps make the film so well done. Contrasting blacks and whites so frequently give the obvious hints of good and evil, innocence and darkness. But Aronofsky likes to throw in hints of ambiguity at every turn, changing the colours for each character depending on the scene, and depending on what they may or may not be doing. Even the scenery and set design is in plain black and whites, always making the audience guess the true motivations and intentions of both character and creator. Adding in the element of reflection, both in others and the self (mostly through mirrors), only helps compound these feelings of ambiguity and confusion. It will consistently keep audiences thinking about what is being shown and what is actually going on. The subtle visual effects and astoundingly well done score only help add to the greatness.

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Another positive review from Kirk Honeycutt admires Darren Aronofsky’s work and states what he believes makes the film so enthralling:

First there was the Phantom of the Opera. Now, in Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan,” you get the Terror of the Ballet. The movie combines horror-movie tropes with “The Red Shoes,” “All About Eve” and every movie about show business that insists you don’t have to be crazy to become a star but it doesn’t hurt either. The movie is so damn out-there in every way that you can’t help admiring Aronofsky for daring to be so very, very absurd.”Swan” is an instant guilty pleasure.

Another positive review written by Black Sheep Reviews applauds the film for its outstanding performance:

BLACK SWAN is as theatrical and as dramatic as any ballet that I’ve seen performed on stage. Aronofsky directs but, from behind the camera, he dances alongside the dancers as if he was part of the choreography, forming some hybrid of dance and film that begs repeat performances. It also warrants a resounding standing ovation.

The film has received some negative reviews as well, this written by the Los Angeles Times:

You won’t be having a lot of fun at “Black Swan,”but the less seriously you take this wildly melodramatic, unashamedly pulpy look at the blood sport that is New York City ballet, the better your chances are of enjoying yourself even a little. In fact, the only problem with calling “Black Swan” sensationalistic and over the top is that it makes this shameless shotgun marriage of “The Red Shoes” and Roger Corman sound like more fun than it is.

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Awards and award nominations for Black Swan

Black Swan has done very well when considering awards and especially award nominations. Natalie Portman won a Golden Globe earlier this week for Best Actress. Black Swan was also nominated in the BAFTA awards for Best Motion Picture, Mila Kunis was nominated for Best Supporting actress along with Barbera Hershey and Winona Ryder and Best supporting Actor Vincent Cassel. Other nominations include Director (Darren Aronofsky), Original Screenplay, Cinematography, Editing, Production Design, Costume Design, Sound, Special Visual Effects and Make-up and Hair.

Black Swan also won two BSFC awards (Boston society of film critics), Natalie Portman won Best Actress and Andrew Weisblum for Best Film Editing.
In the Gotham Awards, Black Swan was nominated for Best film, in the Independent Spirit Awards it was nominated for Best Cinematography, Best Director, Best Feature and Best Actress. At the Venice Film Festival Mila Kunis won an award, and the film was also nominated for four WAFCA awards.

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Interviews with director and cast

This is the extended interview with Black Swan’s director Darren Aronofsky which explains the inspiration behind the ideas of the film.

This is an interview with Natalie Portman who plays the role of Nina, the main character in the film. She talks about her ideas of what the film represents and her physical battle to become a ballet perfectionist.

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Website Links

This is the link to the official Black Swan website, it includes galleries, information on the cast and crew, various downloads, as well as links to Facebook and Twitter.

This is the link to the IMDb page on Black Swan, which reveals the technicalities and background information for the film.

This is the link to the Black Swan Wikipedia page

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Film Trailer

This is the film trailer for Black Swan which is being released in the UK on the 21st January. The film is directed by Darren Aronofsky and stars Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel and Mila Kunis and has been described as a psychological thriller.

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Magazine review of Black Swan

These quotes come from a book review of “Black Swan” in Vanity Fair magazine, January 2011 edition. The writer of the review is James Wolcott and I found his views on the film interesting and very in depth;

The film makes a meal out of  the dualities and polarities in the Tchaikovsky ballet-good and bad, salvation and damnation, noble renunciation and bedeviled seduction-black and white are not its primary colours. Pink and red are.

Pink is the infantilizing colour of the dollhouse bedroom where Nina falls asleep to the music-box sounds of Swan Lake on her bedstand…It is when pink darkens to red that Black Swan takes the traditional ballet film and goes hypodermic.

When Natalie Portman finally takes possession of her dark side, her eyes turn devil. Slashing its way to the finish line, Black Swan is the first ballet movie for highbrow horror fans for whom ballet itself signifies little to nothing. Those of us who know and love ballet can only look on it with a different kind of horror.

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