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Black Swan

(DVD - 2011)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Black Swan
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Nina is a ballerina in a New York City ballet company. Her life, like most in her profession, is completely consumed with dance. She lives with her mother Erica, a former ballerina who exerts a suffocating control over her. When artistic director Thomas Leroy decides to replace prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre for the opening production of their new season, Swan Lake, Nina is his first choice. But Nina has competition: new dancer Lily, who impresses Leroy as well. Swan Lake requires a dancer who can play both the White Swan with innocence and grace, and the Black Swan, who represents guile and sensuality. Nina fits the White Swan role perfectly but Lily is the personification of the Black Swan. As the two young dancers expand their rivalry into a twisted friendship, Nina begins to get more in touch with her dark side - a recklessness that threatens to destroy her.
Publisher: [Beverly Hills, CA] : Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation : Distributed by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, Inc., [2011]
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE B
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (108 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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Dec 14, 2014
  • Nursebob rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

Touted as a deeply psychological thriller, Darren Aronofsky’s bird-brained shocker tries to jolt new life into a tired old premise with enough arty hysterics and gaudy effects to flesh out a dozen teen scream movies. The story revolves around Nina Sayers, an up-and-coming prima ballerina who lands the lead role in her company’s controversial new production of Swan Lake; a role which requires her to play both Princess Odette, the virginal white swan, and Odile, the evil black swan and Odette’s chief nemesis. Emotionally repressed and pathologically neurotic, Nina at first finds it difficult to tap into that dark part of her nature which the role of Odile demands. It doesn’t help that her mother is a controlling shrew who blames her daughter’s birth for destroying her own stage career; nor that Thomas, the company’s artistic director, is causing her confused libido to run hot and cold with his mixed sexual messages. Furthermore, fellow dancer and arch-rival Lily seems intent on sabotaging Nina’s grand debut by introducing the naive ballerina to the sordid world of drugs, discotheques, and hot lesbian lust. It all comes to a head on opening night when Nina, her last shred of sanity firmly in the toilet, decides to give the audience the performance of her life... This is the type of overwrought melodrama that wows cinematic dilettantes with its trite Freudian allusions and crap symbolism, whether it be the pink butterfly wallpaper adorning Nina’s bedroom, a menacing winged statue standing in a theatre foyer, or the black feathery tattoos on Lily’s shoulder blades (seriously??) Not content to let this cheap psychodrama play out subliminally where it would be the most effective, Aronofsky chooses instead to assault his audience with some unintentionally hilarious CGI effects including Nina’s bone-crunching morph into a malevolent red-eyed gobbler right in front of her screaming mother. Finally, a host of wooden performances (enjoy that Oscar Natalie), slapdash directing, and a comic book script combine to make Black Swan one giant goose egg.

Oct 27, 2014
  • 0cho rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This is a very dark movie showing what dancers put themselves through. Very well done at times but also a bit of a mind screw at times trying to figure out what is going on.

Oct 26, 2014
  • SunShinySoul rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

An intriguing dark neurotic film - not everyone's cup of tea, but thrilling to watch, well cast and well acted. Great if you are not in need of a "feel good" flick, as the complex plot has you paying full attention while it weaves you in/out of reality. Natalie Portman depicts 'Nina' the gifted yet emotionally fragile ballerina who falls into a psychotic episode just as she reaches a milestone in her career playing the lead in a contemporary version of "Swan Lake". (To be fair, if someone was this emotionally unstable they would never had made it this far in the rigidly competitive world of dance)....However for the sake of art - the movie casts an engaging spell you must ride out - if only to figure out what was "really real" about it all once the curtain call is over.

Sep 05, 2014
  • hugh00 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A challenging film, in that it deals with memory malfunction, in that it's unclear what actually happened. One sees little and large clues, throughout that hint some of the sequences DIDN'T take place. It puts me in mind of the film "Charley", Staring Robert Deniro, Dakota Fanning and some others, except there, the poor old psychoanalyst (Deniro), did manage to work out the bad news - for himself! Depending upon the individual, the content could be very disturbing indeed, hence my more extreme age recommendation._ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ I include a summary, that I hope isn't unduly psychotically influenced... .

Aug 27, 2014
  • Palomino rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Weird, and not exactly my thing, but I can see why it's a famous movie, it's artistic and psychologically interesting. I think my big problem was hating and not relating to any of the characters. I don't know ballet, and I felt like I was missing something throughout.

Jul 29, 2014
  • BertBailey rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This film is well worth watching, although its makers equivocate between whether they're depicting a girl harried by her challenges and *really* going insane, or that reality vs the subconscious need not be distinguished--so a fable or some kind of dream sequence (hers?). Probably the latter, but you'll reach this conclusion at the end since the former isn't tenable. (You can guess what resulted from the mandatory post-production focus groups.) The production textures are very good, the music's decent and not too Tchaikovsky-centred, and performances are fine all round, although no-one but Portman is really outstanding. With any luck, she'll land some good roles that mine her talents in the years to come.

May 21, 2014
  • Libraryman1_0 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Visually haunting, dark and moody dramatic psychological drama/ thriller about the insecurities faced by many in the world of ballet. Natalie Portman was deserving of her Oscar win for Best Actress and she proves without a doubt that she belongs in the upper Hollywood elite. At times, voyeuristic and even dreamlike with a surreal feel to it, Black Swan is beautiful cinema art.

Natalie Portman is quite a gifted actress. Great thriller!

Mar 02, 2014
  • tina57he rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

hauntingly beautiful.

Black swan is a very intriguing movie that will leave audience in surprise and gasps. Starring Natalie Portman as the main actress (Nina) she brings forth her excellent acting skills to play the most difficult role and succeeds in it very well. Her character is playing the role of a very passionate ballerina, who later suffers from emotional distress. This movie is about a naïve girl who is easily sexually manipulated, due to her vulnerability; it’s about her fear of failing, fear of having the wrong body, and fear of fading away like her mother. It’s also about the family relationships that nowadays teenagers keep, it’s the effect on parents and kids themselves, in this movie Nina hates her mother, she doesn’t want to become her in the future so she despises her. The movie is indeed a psychological breakthrough and needs the audience to understand terms, such as anxiety and its effect on people and multiple personality disorder. However in this movie the main character Nina isn’t as affected by her mental illness until she is given a very important part to play in her career, which could change her life forever. In the movie there is a battle for the part just like any other profession there is always a fight over a better position, better movie, and better part in a play. In this movie it is a fight between Nina and herself. She is forced to bring out her dark side in order to succeed in the part she’s given that it impacts her entire character and aggravates her anxiety even more. This movie is worth the watch!

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Jun 26, 2011
  • BlackPhoenix rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: Graphic-a little bit too much, in my opinion, at least in the theatrical version (I heard they cut the most graphic scenes out of the DVD, but I'm not sure)

May 30, 2011
  • BlackPhoenix rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Violence: Gory scenes

May 11, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

May 11, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Violence: This title contains Violence.

May 11, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

Apr 26, 2011
  • Ciresica rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

Apr 26, 2011
  • Ciresica rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

Apr 17, 2011
  • JM9 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

Apr 17, 2011
  • JM9 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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Aug 22, 2014
  • hugh00 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

hugh00 thinks this title is suitable for 30 years and over

Nov 05, 2013
  • GHN rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Nov 02, 2012
  • missy2 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

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May 30, 2011
  • BlackPhoenix rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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May 11, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Apr 26, 2011
  • Ciresica rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Dec 12, 2011
  • Sunnchilde rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

"You DID, didn't you? Hey. Wait! Was I good?"

May 11, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Thomas Leroy: The only person standing in your way is you.

May 11, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Thomas Leroy: You could be brilliant, but you're a coward.
Nina: I'm sorry.
Thomas Leroy: [yelling] Now stop saying that! That's exactly what I'm talking about. Stop being so f**king weak!

Apr 26, 2011
  • Ciresica rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I did what you told me to do; I felt it.

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Sep 30, 2014
  • hugh00 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This film possibly opens with a nightmare sequence, a dance with a man, that then appears with feathers and a black plastic face BUT not that of a swan. The nightmare becomes apparent, when Nina (the Ballerina) wakes. It becomes less clear what is real, or psychosis generated - for instance the pealing of skin from her finger, later seen intact. The Ballet Director complains she is ridged, technique perfect but no real seduction. His emphatic urging sees him get bitten, 40min in! Our concerns for the safety and sanctity of Nina is very much heightened by the Director's announcement of the retirement of one of the older stars, whose shock and dismay suggest this hadn't been discussed with her! How ruthless! The Star then has (accident?). He asks Nina's dance partner if he would fuck her. Then urges Nina to go home and "Touch yourself". This she tries but is abruptly halted when she sees mum, sleeping in a chair in her room! __MUMS PLEASE TAKE NOTE - AND MIND YOUR OWN BLOODY BUSINESS!!__ Nina's life consists of being at home (with her control freak mum) OR the ballet company rehearsal and changing rooms - with the tube train in between. She doesn't mix with the other ballerinas. Nina also has concerns with a rash on the back of her shoulder, that may be sprouting black swam feathers. Her mum notes her long hours and expresses concern. "Don't make my mistake". Then revealing she gave up ballet to have Nina... . __EVERYONE'S__ love interest, that wee hottie Mila Kunis, arrives as Lilly, the natural and uninhibited dancer. .. Director points Lilly out to Nina, heightening the prospects for disaster. There is a hint that it may be some of the connivances going on around Nina that acerbate her condition. Lilly takes her out for a night of fun, seduces her. Nina arrives back at rehearsal some (days?) late and we see Lilly has the role! We see Nina stabbing Lilly. AT this point, I crack my head mightily upon the TV screen, attempting to save Mila. The concussion sees me typing GIBBERISH. YOU may then see Nina, struggling to hide the body. Which she only manages just in time, to avoid discovery!! The last scenes see Nina in lead roll, again with the overly effective swan mask... ! Now on her! Also the feathers from the rash have SPREAD all over her body!! Lilly made it back from being murdered, to dance supporting role... ! Perhaps thanks to my attempted intervention.. .

May 11, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A ballet dancer wins the lead in "Swan Lake" and is perfect for the role of the delicate White Swan - Princess Odette - but slowly loses her mind as she becomes more and more like Odile, the Black Swan.

Apr 26, 2011
  • Ciresica rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Nina wants the main role as both the White and Black swan in a ballet show. She struggles through mental breakdowns and the people surrounding her, reaching perfection in her performance but what will it do to her?

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