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The latest film of Darren Aronofsky is a film about control in all its gradations; over-control, the loss of control and the letting go of control. Black Swan thereby seems as a mixture of all his previous films; the realistic drama The Wrestler, the psychotic Requiem for a Dream and the magical The Fountain. Even the black and white of Pi returns, as well directly in the whole decoration as in its meaning; the tension between perfection and chaos, or better the mistaken of purity for perfection. After all perfection doesn’t only exist of the immaculate, the light. Therefor the setting of the ballet world is certainly perfect, ballet is the paradox of seeming softness and sweetness, under which a world of suffering and competition lies. The film excels particular in the last 20 minutes as if director and protagonist have gone through the same process.
Darren Aronofsky – Black Swan (2010).
Darren Aronofsky – The Wrestler (2008).
Darren Aronofsky – The Fountain (2006).
Darren Aronofsky – Requim for a dream (2000).
Darren Aronofsky – Pi (1998).