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You will believe that ballet can be exciting in “Black Swan”. Or if not, eh, it’ll at least look pretty and be kinda freaky. Check out two videos from Darren Aronofsky’s supernatural ballet drama, a rather seductive short minute-long music video and a fresh clip where Nina (Natalie Portman) meets her dancing rival Lily (Mila Kunis) for the first time. Vincent Cassel is the Frenchie screaming at poor Nina.
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.
Dancing like a maniac December 1, 2010.
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