Black Swan (DVD)

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Academy Award and BAFTA winner Natalie Portman stars in the award-winning and critically acclaimed Black Swan.

Nina (Portman) is a ballerina in a New York City ballet company whose life, like all those in her profession, is completely consumed with dance. She lives with her obsessive former ballerina mother Erica (Hershey) who exerts a suffocating control over her. When artistic director Thomas Leroy (Cassel) decides to replace prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre (Ryder) for the opening production of their new season, Swan Lake, Nina is his first choice. But Nina has competition: a new dancer, Lily (Kunis), 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.

Product Details

Barcode
6009700313858
Department
Movies & TV
Released
1 Mar 2011
Type
Movies
Format
DVD
Genre
Drama
Region
Region 2
Year
2010
Language
English
Studio
20th Century Fox
Runtime
108 min
Age Restriction
16 VSLD
Supply Source
South Africa

Movie

Title
Black Swan
Release Year
2010
Running Time
108 min
Language
English
Categories
Action/Adventure / Dancers / Showbiz / Thriller
US Box Office
$106.9 million
Official Website
http://www.BlackSwan2010.com/
Ratings
IMDb
8.0
Rotten Tomatoes®
85% 84%
Metacritic
79
Synopsis
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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Poster for Black Swan
Cast & Crew
Director
Darren Aronofsky
Star
Natalie Portman / Vincent Cassel / Barbara Hershey / Mila Kunis / Benjamin Millepied / Winona Ryder
Co-Star
Kristina Anapau / Abe Aronofsky / Charlotte Aronofsky / John Epperson / Timothy Fain / Arkadiy Figlin / Liam Flaherty / Kurt Froman / Christopher Gartin / Toby Hemingway / Stanley Herman / Patrick Heusinger / Marty Krzywonos / Marcia Jean Kurtz / Sarah Lane / Leslie Lyles / Mark Margolis / Janet Montgomery / Michelle Rodriguez Nouel / Shaun P. O'Hagan / Deborah Offner / Tina Sloan / Ksenia Solo / Sebastian Stan / Sergio Torrado
Screenwriter
Andres Heinz / Mark Heyman / John McLaughlin
Composer
Clint Mansell
Director of Photography
Matthew Libatique
Story
Andres Heinz
Sound Re-Recording
Craig Henighan / Dominick Tavella
Stunt Coordinator
Douglas Crosby
Set Decorator
Tora Peterson
Post-Production Supervisor
Jeff Robinson
Music Director
Jim Black / Gabe Hilfer
Music Performer
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreographer
Benjamin Millepied
Movie Critics
A.V. Club
"BLACK SWAN is a florid, often lurid, completely enthralling film held in place by a disarming Portman, who rarely leaves the frame." -- Grade: A-
Keith Phipps (2 Dec 2010, )
Box Office
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."
Pete Hammond (10 Dec 2010, )
Chicago Sun-Times
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "[T]old with passionate intensity, gloriously and darkly absurd. It centers on a performance by Natalie Portman that is nothing short of heroic..."
Roger Ebert (1 Dec 2010, )
Empire
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."
Dan Jolin (21 Jan 2011, )
Entertainment Weekly
"Darren Aronofsky's backstage ballet thriller BLACK SWAN is lurid and voluptuous pulp fun, with a sensationalistic fairy-tale allure." -- Grade: B+
Owen Gleiberman (24 Dec 2010, )
Hollywood Reporter
"[A] gorgeously shot, visually complex film..."
Kirk Honeycutt (1 Dec 2010, )
New York Times
"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."
Manohla Dargis (3 Dec 2010, )
Rolling Stone
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."
Peter Travers (2 Dec 2010, )
Sight and Sound
"[A] film that gives the hair on the back of your neck a serious workout."
Lisa Mullen (1 Feb 2011, )
Total Film
4 stars out of 5 -- "BLACK SWAN is a film obsessed with movement, colours, sets, sound design, Clint Mansell's clanging score and, of course, performance..."
Jamie Graham (30 Dec 2010, )
Uncut
4 stars out of 5 -- "[P]rops to Portman, who's in every scene -- and Winona Ryder, brilliant as the neurotic, toxic former prima ballerina."
Michael Bonner (1 Feb 2011, )
USA Today
4 stars out of 4 -- "At the center of this dreamlike story is Natalie Portman's exquisite performance of a troubled ballerina who evolves from timid to seriously unhinged."
Claudia Puig (3 Dec 2010, )
Washington Post
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "[A] ballet film that captures both the gossamer pink softness of classical dance and the scarier psychological impulses lying just beneath the serene surface."
(3 Dec 2010, )