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Black Swan

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Transcript of Black Swan

Black Swan
2010

Context and Duplicity
Directed by Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan is a psychological thriller that explores duplicity in setting of entertainment world.
It is based on Tchaikovsky’s famous Swan Lake.
Modern context of the film examines the societal pressures placed on women to be perfect
Duplicity has a life cycle which begins with:
1. The straitjacket of societal and familial pressures to conform or act in a certain manner gives birth to duplicity
2. Duplicity then develops internally and manifests externally
and finally...
3. Duplicity is portrayed as the battle between good vs evil in human nature
The straitjacket of societal and familial pressures to conform or act in a certain manner gives birth to duplicity
1. Character of Nina's mother, Erica (Barbara Hershey) - represents familial pressure, she is overbearing and protective of Nina
She acts a catalyst to give birth to duplicity i.e. Black Swan within Nina
2. Costume - Nina wearing clothes with pastel shades of pink and white (child-like purity)
3. Setting - Pink and white child-like room with toys and ballerina box
The straitjacket of societal and familial pressures to conform or act in a certain manner gives birth to duplicity
Duplicity develops internally and manifests externally
Duplicity develops internally and manifests externally

Duplicity is portrayed as the battle between good vs evil in human nature
Conclusion
Thomas, the dance director, metaphor for entertainment industry and society
Nina's audition scene -spinning shot- dominance over Nina "Attack it!" '' don't be so controlled"
Thomas chooses Nina after Nina bites him when he forcibly kisses Nina -birth of duplicity
“Perfection is not just about control. It is also about letting go. "
Pressure of entertainment industry and social commentary




Motif of mirrors and reflections which highlight intrinsic duality within Nina
Nina's hallucinations about transforming 'physically' into a Black Swan (special effects)

Manifestation of duplicity becomes external after duplicity has run its course through Nina's mind
Costume - Nina starts wearing more black
Change of setting - Nina throws away the toys in her child-like room and knocks down the ballerina box
Character of Lily
Scene where Nina fights against herself (she thinks she is fighting Lily) in her dressing room. Physical battle between the White Swan and Black Swan within herself
Scene where Nina realises she has stabbed herself not Lily

By allowing Black Swan to possess her, Nina gives perfect
performance but this is not the "real" Nina
Duplicity involves her sacrifice
"I felt it. It was perfect.
End of duplicity cycle
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