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- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 48 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: March 29, 2011
- Originally Released: 2010
- Label: 20th Century Fox
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: Metamorphosis: A behind-the-scenes documentary with Darren Aronofsky
- Dual Layer
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.39
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, French, Spanish
- Subtitles - English, Spanish
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, Barbara Hershey & Winona Ryder|
|Directed by||Darren Aronofsky|
|Edited by||Andrew Weisblum|
|Screenplay by||Andres Heinz, John J. McLaughlin & Mark Heyman|
|Composition by||Clint Mansell|
|Story by||Andres Heinz|
|Produced by||Scott Franklin, Mike Medavoy, Arnold Messer & Brian Oliver|
|Director of Photography:||Matthew Libatique|
3.5 stars out of 4 -- Aronfsky treats ballet as one of the bleeding arts. And so does his breathtaking star, Natalie Portman, who delivers an all-stops-out performance that will soon be the stuff of legend.
Combined with distorted cuts of scenes and jarring score, psychosexual thriller Black Swan is on par with or intensely scarier than some horror movies. Full Review
San Diego Entertainer
4 stars out of 5 -- Aronofsky pulls off some astonishing visual flourishes....Like THE WRESTLER, BLACK SWAN also showcases Aronofsky's ability to tease career-best turns out of lead actors, in this case Portman.
BLACK SWAN is a florid, often lurid, completely enthralling film held in place by a disarming Portman, who rarely leaves the frame. -- Grade: A-
4 stars out of 5 -- With Natalie Portman dominating the action and exhibiting a screen maturity not seen from her before, this all-stops-out Grand Guignol melodrama exhibits more than enough blood, sweat and tears to score nicely beyond the ballet crowd.
Part tortured-artist drama, BLACK SWAN looks like a tony art-house entertainment. But what gives its a jolt is its giddy, sometimes sleazy exploitation-cinema savvy.
New York Times
It's a sensory overload-loud, furious, and rapturous. It remains the best, most visceral work from virtually every single person involved in the production. Full Review
New York City ballet dancer Nina (Natalie Portman) enters into an intense battle of wills with a talented and ambitious new arrival (Mila Kunis) who seems intent on edging her out of the spotlight in this supernatural-flavored psychological thriller from director Darren Aronofsky. Nina covets the role of the Swan Queen in a production of Swan Lake by acclaimed theater director Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel). The harder Nina works to win the part, however, the more overwhelmed she becomes by her suspicions that talented newcomer Lily (Kunis) is intent on stealing it away from her. As the production draws near and Nina struggles to master the duel roles of the White Swan and the Black Swan, she grows increasingly unstable to the point where she finds it difficult to distinguish fantasy from reality. Though her burgeoning friendship with the unconventional Lily helps Nina to jettison her perfectionist instincts and find her footing as the Black Swan, the closer she gets to perfecting the role, the further her sanity erodes until she begins to experience a bizarre and profound transformation.
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