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Black Swan

(DVD - 2011 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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A psychological thriller set in the world of New York City ballet. An insecure ballet dancer wins the lead in Swan Lake but slowly loses her grip on sanity when a seductive newcomer is out to steal her role.
Title: Black swan
[videorecording (DVD)]
Publisher: Beverly Hills, Calif. : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2011]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (108 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Special features: Metamorphosis (behind-the-scenes documentary with Darren Aronofsky).
Summary: A psychological thriller set in the world of New York City ballet. An insecure ballet dancer wins the lead in Swan Lake but slowly loses her grip on sanity when a seductive newcomer is out to steal her role.
Audience: MPAA rating R for strong sexual content, disturbing violent images, language and some drug use.
Statement of Responsibility: Fox Searchlight Pictures presents ; in association with Cross Creek Pictures ; a Prøtøzøa and Phoenix Pictures production ; produced by Mike Medavoy, Arnold W. Messer, Brian Oliver, Scott Franklin ; screenplay by Mark Heyman and Andrés Heinz and John McLaughlin ; directed by Darren Aronofsky
Credits: Original score, Clint Mansell ; editor, Andrew Weisblum ; director of photography, Matthew Libatique.
Performers: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder, Vincent Cassel, Barbara Hershey.
System Details: DVD; widescreen (2.40:1) presentation ; Dolby digital 5.1 surround (English) and 2.0 stereo. surround (Spanish and French).
Other Language: In English, dubbed Spanish or dubbed French, with optional subtitles in Spanish; English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing. Closed-captioned.
Subject Headings: Ballet companies New York (State) New York Drama. Ballet dancers New York (State) New York Drama.
Genre/Form: Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Thrillers (Motion pictures)
Fiction films.
Feature films.
Topical Term: Ballet companies
Ballet dancers
Publisher No: 2271506
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Jul 28, 2014
  • BertBailey rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This film is well worth watching, although its makers equivocate between whether they're depicting a girl harried by her challenges and *really* going insane, or just someone's dream sequence (hers?) where reality vs the subconscious need not be distinguished. Probably the latter, but you'll have to reach that conclusion by default, since at the end you realize that the former isn't tenable. It's your guess and mine just what resulted from the now-mandatory post-production focus groups. The production textures are very good, the music's decent and not too Tchaikovsky-centred, and the performances are fine all round. But no-one except Portman is really outstanding. With any luck, she'll land some good roles that mine her talents in the years to come.

May 21, 2014
  • Libraryman1_0 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Visually haunting, dark and moody dramatic psychological drama/ thriller about the insecurities faced by many in the world of ballet. Natalie Portman was deserving of her Oscar win for Best Actress and she proves without a doubt that she belongs in the upper Hollywood elite. At times, voyeuristic and even dreamlike with a surreal feel to it, Black Swan is beautiful cinema art.

Natalie Portman is quite a gifted actress. Great thriller!

Mar 02, 2014
  • tina57he rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

hauntingly beautiful.

Black swan is a very intriguing movie that will leave audience in surprise and gasps. Starring Natalie Portman as the main actress (Nina) she brings forth her excellent acting skills to play the most difficult role and succeeds in it very well. Her character is playing the role of a very passionate ballerina, who later suffers from emotional distress. This movie is about a naïve girl who is easily sexually manipulated, due to her vulnerability; it’s about her fear of failing, fear of having the wrong body, and fear of fading away like her mother. It’s also about the family relationships that nowadays teenagers keep, it’s the effect on parents and kids themselves, in this movie Nina hates her mother, she doesn’t want to become her in the future so she despises her. The movie is indeed a psychological breakthrough and needs the audience to understand terms, such as anxiety and its effect on people and multiple personality disorder. However in this movie the main character Nina isn’t as affected by her mental illness until she is given a very important part to play in her career, which could change her life forever. In the movie there is a battle for the part just like any other profession there is always a fight over a better position, better movie, and better part in a play. In this movie it is a fight between Nina and herself. She is forced to bring out her dark side in order to succeed in the part she’s given that it impacts her entire character and aggravates her anxiety even more. This movie is worth the watch!

Nov 05, 2013
  • GHN rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Un vrai film noir!
It may make you feel chilly!

Oct 23, 2013
  • dinatoure rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

euh... I couldn't figure out what was going on in this movie. Nathalie’s acting was great but the story is so confusing??? this movie is bad...

Sep 19, 2013
  • Carlmack rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

it was far better than i thought it was gonna be..my friend watched the first few minutes & said it looked boring.but then started getting into it..4 out of 5

Jul 02, 2013
  • angel_heart rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed it. It was in the middle of the film where i figured out what was going on with Nat's body...On a side note, I wish the dancers did not have to be that thin. God bless them.

WCLS2013 It was strange but good at the same time

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Nov 05, 2013
  • GHN rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Nov 02, 2012
  • missy2 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

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May 30, 2011
  • BlackPhoenix rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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May 11, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Apr 26, 2011
  • Ciresica rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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May 11, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A 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.

Apr 26, 2011
  • Ciresica rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Nina wants the main role as both the White and Black swan in a ballet show. She struggles through mental breakdowns and the people surrounding her, reaching perfection in her performance but what will it do to her?

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Jun 26, 2011
  • BlackPhoenix rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: Graphic-a little bit too much, in my opinion, at least in the theatrical version (I heard they cut the most graphic scenes out of the DVD, but I'm not sure)

May 30, 2011
  • BlackPhoenix rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Violence: Gory scenes

May 11, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

May 11, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Violence: This title contains Violence.

May 11, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

Apr 26, 2011
  • Ciresica rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

Apr 26, 2011
  • Ciresica rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

Apr 17, 2011
  • JM9 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

Apr 17, 2011
  • JM9 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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Dec 12, 2011
  • Sunnchilde rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

"You DID, didn't you? Hey. Wait! Was I good?"

May 11, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Thomas Leroy: The only person standing in your way is you.

May 11, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Thomas Leroy: You could be brilliant, but you're a coward.
Nina: I'm sorry.
Thomas Leroy: [yelling] Now stop saying that! That's exactly what I'm talking about. Stop being so f**king weak!

Apr 26, 2011
  • Ciresica rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I did what you told me to do; I felt it.

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Apr 07, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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