First Images From Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan

By Perri Nemiroff 2010-07-22 09:42:39discussion comments
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Checking out a ballet in reality? Not for me. Seeing Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis in a psychological thriller about ballet? Iíll take it! Interest in Black Swan has been high from the start. As his first film since The Wrestler, the pressure is on for Darren Aronofsky to deliver again and based on these images from the film posted on USA Today, it looks as though he might.

Portmanís character, Nina, is a top dancer at the New York City Ballet who is awarded the opportunity to lead the companyís production of Swan Lake when the original star (Winona Ryder) exits. On top of struggling with a pushy mother (Barbara Hershey) and a controlling dance instructor (Vincent Cassel), she comes face to face with a rival, the companyís newest edition Lily (Kunis). The two strike up a friendship, but Nina just canít shake the fact that Lily has what she lacks, a carefree and sexual attitude.

The costumes and makeup in these images are absolutely fantastic. And even when Portman isnít all dolled up for the stage, thereís something inherently dark in the normalcy allowing them to make just as much of an impression.

We wonít have to wait much longer to find out if these pictures represent the quality of the final product because Aronofsky is taking the piece to The Venice International Film Festival. Back in 2008 he was awarded a Golden Lion for The Wrestler and this year he has been given the honor of opening the event with Black Swan on September 1st.

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