New Black Swan Images Pirouette Online

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Cause I’m pretty sure “pirouette” has something to do with ballet, or possibly something to do with Thanksgiving carving. Either/or. Anyways, fresh new images from Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan”, opening December 1, 2010. And in case you missed it, two clips from the film can be found here.

BLACK SWAN follows the story of Nina (Portman), 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 retired ballerina mother Erica (Barbara Hershey) who zealously supports her daughter’s professional ambition. When artistic director Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel) decides to replace prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre (Winona 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 with a recklessness that threatens to destroy her.

Starring Mila Kunis, Natalie Portman, Christopher Gartin, Winona Ryder, Sebastian Stan, Vincent Cassel, Barbara Hershey and directed by Darren Aronofsky.

Some of the new images below, see the rest in our “Black Swan” preview page.

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  • Kate Tellucci

    I had the good fortune to see ‘Black Swan’ at one of the Independent Film Festivals of recent. After the end of this movie, I saw countless Oscar statuettes glowing through my ensuing tears. ‘Black Swan’ takes a fresh angle on the Shakespearean “play within a play” plot with a modern setting and black noir style. Moreover, it incorporates the old with the new by choosing the inner play as the aged production of the world famous Swan Lake while psychologically encapsulating the victim and antagonist in one character. Portman, finally breaking free from past roles that have wasted her acting ability and range, truly shines, scares, horrifies, and outperforms the role of the fragile and psychologically unstable prima ballerina. Even more impressive is that every scene involving dancing, including en pointe, are all expertly performed by Portman herself. ‘Black Swan’ is a industry must-see for those who appreciate psychothrillers, O’Henry-style endings or twists, individuals who believe that life imitates art, black noir enthusiasts, brief but realistic lesbian sex scenes and ecclectic moviegoers. Best of all, knowledge of Swan Lake nor a love for ballet is in no way a prerequisite for enjoying this film. 4 1/2 stars

    • balletomane

      i agree with your review and have seen the movie 3 times thus far, myself. i am a former ballerina, so it was a relief to see an actress who could also believably be a dancer cast in this role. Portman was definitely believable as a dancer. However, I must correct your comment that ALL of the dancing scenes were done by Portman. Both Kunis and Portman had body doubles who did the dancing in the shots where the cameras pulled away and showed full-body dancing. Needless to say, however, Portman’s upper body work (epaulment and port de bras) and physicality throughout the movie were brilliant and definitely exceeded my expectations of an actress also playing a dancer.

    • balletomane

      i agree with your review and have seen the movie 3 times thus far, myself. i am a former ballerina, so it was a relief to see an actress who could also believably be a dancer cast in this role. Portman was definitely believable as a dancer. However, I must correct your comment that ALL of the dancing scenes were done by Portman. Both Kunis and Portman had body doubles who did the dancing in the shots where the cameras pulled away and showed full-body dancing. Needless to say, however, Portman’s upper body work (epaulment and port de bras) and physicality throughout the movie were brilliant and definitely exceeded my expectations of an actress also playing a dancer.