I wouldn’t normally dedicate a full post to a film, but there are a couple of things that I wanted to draw to your attention to.
- 5 Academy Award nominations
- 12 British Academy of Film (BAFTA) nominations
- 5 Golden Globe nominations
- 3 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) nominations
I won’t go into any of the plot detail here but feel confident saying that the storyline divides audiences into two distinct camps: LOVE IT or HATE IT. I am in the “love it” camp because I think it is absolutely brilliant. Darkly brilliant. Disturbingly brilliant. Beautifully brilliant.
Although Portman’s acting and Aronofsky’s direction are the two elements receiving the most acclaim, I would like to draw your attention to the look of Black Swan. The film’s cinematography, art direction, costume design and make-up were instrumental in creating this darkly compelling and twisted fantasy.
When I came across this video on Jezebel today I knew I had to share it. It offers a startling, but wonderful, glimpse at the visual effect magic that was necessary to blur the line between fantasy and reality.
Check it out here (beware: major spoilers in the video. DO NOT WATCH if you don’t want to be spoiled!)
If you have seen it, I’d love to hear what you thought of the film, and the visual effects, in the comments below.
On a related note, if you haven’t already, check out this Dramatis Personae post on the film’s costumes (Rodarte-designed!), make-up and posters. It’s a must-read for any fan!