Black Swan (2010) – Dark Gradient of Atmosphere

by Milos Itic on March 8, 2011

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Black Swan 02A 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.

The Black Swan Theory or Theory of Black Swan Events is a metaphor that encapsulates the concept that The event is a surprise (to the observer) and has a major impact. After the fact, the event is rationalized by hindsight. The theory was developed by Nassim Nicholas Taleb to explain:

Unlike the earlier philosophical “black swan problem”, the “Black Swan Theory” (capitalized) refers only to unexpected events of large magnitude and consequence and their dominant role in history. Such events, considered extreme outliers, collectively play vastly larger roles than regular occurrences.

The performances where spot on, Vincent Cassel was terrific as the suspicious teacher. Here, it is Portman’s obsession with becoming the lead of the ballet Swan Lake which drives her into madness. You enter her mind as her teacher pushes her to become perfect, pushing her to let go of her fragile White Swan and become the loose and destructive Black Swan. As you follow her through the stages of her audition leading towards a booming finale she becomes less and less aware of what around her is distortion and what is reality. As she loses grip, Aronofsky’s ability to depict psychological deterioration shines through.Black Swan 03

Movement of the camera i very good and its just template for horror atmosphere. Darren Aronofsky and Natalie Portman carry this film on their back.. Sweet girl with obsessed her Mother became like her, physically and psychologically obsessed, all the way through attempting to embody the white and black swan when necessary, literally trying to become them in her mind, driving her towards insanity in the pursuit of perfection.

One thing I didn’t like. This is scenes with public watching their ballet. End of the film is very important. And one part is very good and one part is not so good.

Impulsive piece of Art, Darren Aronofsky mind psychological thriller with Natalie Portman role of her life,  balance between good and evil in one person, raw, dirty and real, dark and unpredictable camera work, music will lead you gradually and story  will  follow in one different world of Tchaikovsky’s flawless composition Swan Lake


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