Black Swan :: Natalie Portman stars in director, Darren Aronofsky’s movie about a dancer living on the edge of reality, and explores the challenges of striving for perfection.
It portrays the story of an emotionally brittle ballet dancer who slowly unravels after winning the role of Swan Queen in “Swan Lake.” where she must dance the parts of an innocent, fragile White Swan and her dark, sensual, evil twin, the Black Swan.
Darren Aronofsky’s ballet-psycho-thriller Black Swan
grand jete’d onto the cinephile radar with an air of incipient triumph.
Natalie Portman sheds her good-girl image as the star of Black Swan.
Photographed by Peter Lindbergh in an old hotel space in downtown LA, styled by Tonne Goodman,
the actress dons sweeping gowns for an ethereal story entitled, Spreading Her Wings.
I adore the Rochas white silk tea-length dress she is wearing in this photo.
Drama is dangerous, heroines are carnivores, and talent demands burnt offerings. As Nina in Darren Aronofsky’s gory ballet tale Black Swan, she transforms herself from timid ingenue to powerful maenad. The film is set in a ballet company where dancers vie for the attention of a coldly knowing choreographer; when he casts the virginal, anorexic Nina to star as Odette/Odile, the white swan and the black swan in Swan Lake, she must literally break through her body and lose her mind to be reborn as an artist. Portman’s performance is a tour de force that takes the audience inside Nina, keeps you with her as she transgresses taboos, and makes you participate, for a few thrilling moments when Nina becomes the swan, in the kind of transcendent self-loss that only artists know.
It’s no accident that Nina means “little girl” in Spanish…Nina is an obedient workaholic who lives in a pink-and-white universe ruled by ballet and her mother, and tortures herself in every way, from too much practice to regular vomiting. Her one goal is to be perfect.
Soft hand-pleated silk chiffon dress by J. Mendel.