Black Swan
- Natalie Portman

Overview - 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.  Read more...

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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.

Cast List

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Russian Composer
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Russian Composer
Piotr Tchaikovsky - Russian Composer
Matthew Libatique - Cinematographer; PI (1997), REQUIEM FOR A DREAM (2000)
Douglas Crosby
Dominick Tavella
Darren Aronofsky - Director, REQUIEM FOR A DREAM (2000)
Clint Mansell - Composer, DOOM (2005)
Tora Peterson
Craig Henighan
John McLaughlin - Screenwriter
Jim Black - Composer, PLANET B-BOY
Andres Heinz
Mark Heyman
Jeff Robinson - Post Production Supervisor
Gabe Hilfer
Benjamin Millepied
Christopher Gartin
Barbara Hershey - American actress, PORTRAIT OF A LADY
Barbara Herzstein - American actress, PORTRAIT OF A LADY
Barbara Seagull - American actress, PORTRAIT OF A LADY
Marcia Jean Kurtz - Actor/REQUIEM FOR A DREAM
Leslie Lyles - WRITER\"ME & VERONICA"
Mark Margolis - British Actor/"1492"
Deborah Offner
Winona Ryder - American actress, GIRL, INTERRUPTED
Winona Laura Horowitz - American actress, GIRL, INTERRUPTED
Natalie Portman - Actress/"Professional"
Vincent Cassel - Actor/"Hate"
John Epperson
Mila Kunis - TV/Film Actress
Tina Sloan
Kristina Anapau
Shaun P. O'Hagan
Sebastian Stan - Actor, THE COVENANT (2006)
Stanley Herman
Toby Hemingway - Actor, THE COVENANT (2006)
Patrick Heusinger
Ksenia Solo
Kurt Froman
Janet Montgomery
Marty Krzywonos
Sergio Torrado
Abe Aronofsky
Charlotte Aronofsky
Michelle Rodriguez Nouel
Arkadiy Figlin
Timothy Fain
Sarah Lane - Actor, ;
Liam Flaherty

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  • Format: DVD
  • Color Format: (unknown/unconverted)
  • UPC: 024543715061
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: R (MPAA)
  • Release Date: August 2014

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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..." - 12/01/2010 Chicago Sun-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." - 12/03/2010 New York Times

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." - 12/03/2010 Washington Post

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." - 12/03/2010 USA Today

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." - 12/02/2010 Rolling Stone

"[A] gorgeously shot, visually complex film..." - 12/01/2010 Hollywood Reporter

"Darren Aronofsky's backstage ballet thriller BLACK SWAN is lurid and voluptuous pulp fun, with a sensationalistic fairy-tale allure." -- Grade: B+ - 12/24/2010 Entertainment Weekly

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." - 12/10/2010 Box Office

"BLACK SWAN is a florid, often lurid, completely enthralling film held in place by a disarming Portman, who rarely leaves the frame." -- Grade: A- - 12/02/2010 A.V. Club

Included in USA Today's "10 Best Films Of 2010" -- "A deeply disturbing psychological thriller..." - 12/31/2010 USA Today

Ranked #7 in Rolling Stone's "10 Best Movies Of 2010" -- "[A] fever dream of a ballet thriller..." - 12/24/2010 Rolling Stone

Included in Roger Ebert's "The Best Films of 2010" -- "BLACK SWAN uses powerful performances by Natalie Portman and Vincent Cassel to represent archetypal attributes..." - 12/16/2010 Chicago Sun-Times

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..." - 12/30/2010 Total Film

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." - 01/21/2011 Empire

"[A] film that gives the hair on the back of your neck a serious workout." - 02/01/2011 Sight and Sound

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." - 02/01/2011 Uncut

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