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Friday, 21 January 2011

The Black Swan

I haven't seen the movie yet, and after reading the piece below I'm not really sure whether i actually wish to!
  But i do believe that to form my own opinion i should of course go!!!

The only reviews i have seen so far praise the film, so i found it interesting to come across this article.....

On January 20, the movie Black Swan by director Darren Aronofsky opened in German cinemas. 

While critics mostly praise the film, the dance world does not like it much. John Neumeier, Artistic Director of the HAMBURG BALLET, watched Black Swan in a preview and strongly criticizes the film, as he made clear in an interview for the daily newspaper Hamburger Abendblatt on the day the movie was released:

“I do not like Black Swan – neither its form nor its content. As a thriller, it is rather boring, it uses disgust rather than psychological thrill to create tension. As far as the content is concerned, it shocks me. It pretends to open a door to an unknown world – ballet – portraying what really happens there. However, it only shows a world of fantasy, where one cheap cliché after the other is shown. And what is probably worse: While watching the movie you never feel that this art-form is worth anyone’s dedication.

The ballet world is pictured as inhabited by sick people, monstrous people abusing young anorexic girls. If you portray a foreign, unknown world like the ballet in this unhealthy, negative way, it will only be the bad things people will remember. People are unable to question the images shown and thus take them for granted. Nothing is authentic, though, in Black Swan. Ballet is a form of art where many, very individual artist may find their place – not only girls from 17 to 24, who torment themselves every day.

The movie portrays abnormal ambition. However, you would never accuse athletes of effecting performance and exercising, of putting special attention to their bodies and from time renouncing things. As a dancer you have to refrain from some things, of course – but there is so much reward in dancing. Human beings are free to choose and to judge what is good for them. Being a dancer is a privilege. Dancers are not as dependent or immature as portrayed in the movie. They are independent individuals who have their own ideas and actively contribute to the art of dancing. They question and, most importantly, they enjoy dancing.“

Like i said, i haven't seen the film so wouldn't like to comment too much.
But being a ballet dancer myself, i only know too well the stigma that can be labelled on us.

I absolutely adore my job and feel incredibly, lucky, honoured and privileged to have a career that i love doing!
Yes, it's hard work (ALOT of the time!!)  But it's hugely rewarding and if i could go back, I'd never choose to change my career.

Have any of you guys seen the film?  I'd love to know your opinion if you have.



Images and article text from Google 


Daisy.Delilah said...

I do agree with the article above and I do think it is wise for you to go see the film for yourself. I love being a dancer also and wouldn't be who I am today without it. However I did fall in love with it. It is such a stunning film. I can't describe it. In my opinion it is a Psychological journey of Nina trying to become the perfect Swan Queen. Whilst going through this, fantasy and reality emerge into one introducing her dark side. I won't babble on but you do need to see it to experience the intensity. Hope you enjoy. Daisy

Charlie said...

Thank you Daisy xxx
I'm looking forward to seeing it :)

Fanny said...

dear Charlie, thanks for you all your lovely comments on my blog, your are so nice x
yes , it's strange i can not find the link to follow you by google friends, but i definitaly follow you !! kiss x

Tona said...

Saw it last night! was amazing but pretty scary
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