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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-12-27 06:02
Subject: [movies] Black Swan
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Tags:movies, process, reviews
Yesterday I went out to see a matinee showing of Black Swanimdb ]. This was in large part on the recommendation of scarlettina.

My viewing was somewhat influenced by realizing on arrival at the theater that I'd lost my cell phone on my pre-movie errands. I rushed home first before I went searching parking lots in the rain, found the phone there, and arrived back at the theater rather after the posted showtime. As Black Swan was still in previews, I made it into my intending showing with about a minute to spare before the movie ran. A little agitated, rushed, discombobulated.

Which turned out to be the perfect frame of mind for the movie.

scarlettina described the movie better than I could. I shan't try to compete with her effective reviewership. Rather, I want to observe that this is a movie about meeting and crossing the ultimate boundaries of perfection in the creative process. The overwhelming drive to succeed, which I often characterize on this blog as "psychotic persistence", is rendered in Black Swan as, well, a literalization of psychotic persistence. A frightening, glorious, overwhelming, jarring, mind-numbing rendering of psychotic persistence.

This wasn't a meditation on the creative process such as I would have essayed. And Black Swan is very much about the performing arts, which writing print fiction is generally not considered one of. But there's still so much to be taken from this film for anyone who thinks seriously about their creative pursuits. Whether that taking would be encouraging or cautionary is best left as an exercise for the viewer. Very much worth your time.

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User: joycemocha
Date: 2010-12-27 14:37 (UTC)
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I've been toying with going just because of my past ballet connections. Interestingly, the theme is one that's cropped up before in past ballet movies/stories (The Red Shoes, for one).

I plan to check it out this week, maybe this afternoon or Wednesday.
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User: scarlettina
Date: 2010-12-27 15:51 (UTC)
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The parallel with The Red Shoes has been brought up again and again in connection with this movie.
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User: joycemocha
Date: 2010-12-28 00:45 (UTC)
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Reeaally. Hmm. That makes me even more intrigued by it.

Definitely on the "must see" list...and I don't go out to see many movies these days.
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Tim Lieder
User: marlowe1
Date: 2010-12-28 02:30 (UTC)
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I saw it as more as a continuation of Aronofsky's obsession with artists killing themselves for their craft which he began in The Wrestler. Only the Wrestler is supposed to hurt since he's pretending to get beat up for a living. THis is about ballet. Ballet!!! I never want to cut my toenails again.
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