Black Swan (2010)

 ●  English ● 1 hr 48 mins

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Dark and intricately woven, this artistic saga revolves around 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. However, 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, and with it comes a recklessness that threatens to destroy her.
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as Lily / The Black Swan
as Nina Sayers / The Swan Queen
as Thomas Leroy / The Gentleman
as Erica Sayers / The Queen
as Sexy Waiter Scott
as Madeline / Little Swan
as Galina / Little Swan
as Veronica / Little Swan
as Costumer Georgina
as Mr. Fithian / Patron
as Rich Gent
as Andrew / Suitor
as Uncle Hank
as Violin Player
as Mrs. Fithian / Patron
as Tom / Suitor
as Beth Macintyre / The Dying Swan


First Assistant Director
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Camera and Electrical

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Music Director
Music Label


Sound Designer
Sound Re-recording Mixer
Foley Artist
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Casting Director

Costume and Wardrobe

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Stunt Coordinator
Stunt Coordinator Assistant

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Visual Effects Producer
Visual Effects Supervisor
Digital Compositor
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Spoken Languages:
French, Italian
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Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital, DTS, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound
ARRIFLEX 16SR, ARRIFLEX 416, Canon EOS-5D Mark II, Canon EOS-7D
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24 fps
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Movie Connection(s):
Referenced in: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (English)
Crew/Equipment Visible
In the scene where Nina returns home and looks for her mother, after being assigned a role, a camera operator is visible in a mirror.
Natalie Portman got hit in her head during the filming of one scene in this movie, sustaining a bad concussion that required an MRI.

Originally Darren Aronofsky had hoped for a budget of about $28-30 million. The budget eventually raised for the film was about $13 million.

In fact, Natalie Portman began ballet training before receiving an official script on pure faith that this movie would be made, and that she would be offered the role.

Lily is found wearing black outfits always, as well as black underwear to signify her as Nina's opposite, or "Black Swan."

After practicing with a ballet instructor for three months, five hours a day, seven days a week, Mila Kunis to real learned how to dance en pointe. She had casually practiced ballet as a child.

This movie's script took around ten years to make it to the screen.

Both Mila Kunis and Natalie Portman have praised choreographer Benjamin Millepied for altering the choreography to allow them to do most of their own way of dancing and to help them appear like professionals.

To the fact Natalie Portman lost 20 pounds to look more like a ballerina.

Natalie Portman met her real life future husband, choreographer Benjamin Millepied, on the set of this film.

The soundtrack, composed by Clint Mansell is a variation on Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" ballet, but was played backwards and in a distorted manner.