Review: 'Black Swan' Is Just Plain Phenomenal

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In addition to the steamy sex scene between Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis, the exceptional and highly praised performance by Portman, and the much awaited directorial follow up to The Wrestler, Darren Aronofsky's psychological thriller, Black Swan is just plain phenomenal. We were lucky enough to attend a screening of the film this week, which opens everywhere Friday, with screenwriters Mark Heyman and Andres Heinz.

Black Swan was adapted from Andres' screenplay titled "The Understudy" where an understudy in a play is being haunted by a double. The screenplay found its way to Aronofsky about a decade ago when he decided to merge the idea with his interest of ballet. It is reported that he saw a production of "Swan Lake," the popular ballet that tells the story of a princess turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer's curse, wanted to merge the notion of the White Swan and the Black Swan with the script. He originally wanted to fuse the concept of The Wrestler and Black Swan together saying, "wrestling some consider the lowest art-if they would even call it art- and ballet some people consider the highest art. But what was amazing to me was how similar the performers in both of these worlds are. They both make incredible use of their bodies to express themselves." He later decided that the ideas would work better independently and made two, very strong films. He discussed the project with Portman, who was cast perfectly for the role, almost ten years ago and for one reason or another, the film just made it to the big screen under Fox Searchlight Pictures.

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