Black Swan

7 Reasons Why “Black Swan” Is Darren Aronofsky’s Best Movie

By David Zou

“It’s beautiful, actually…”

– Nina

Darren Aronofsky was raised culturally Jewish and he is familiar with Jewish history and religion. He is an environmentalist and he studied social anthropology. He started his career with “Pi”, a film that is more of a study in madness than a work that contemplates scientific subjects, although it deals with metaphysical and religious matters.

Starting his career with this tone, Aronofsky defined his style and artistic preoccupations from the very beginning. “The Wrestler” may be his “weakest” film up to date and, since it is a great film, this says much of Aronofsky’s talents and virtues as a director.

The aforementioned movie is, in a way, a twin brother of “Black Swan” since Aronofsky moves away from metaphysical subjects and cultural critique (“Requiem for a Dream”) to a thorough character study.

“Black Swan” shows Aronofsky’s versatility in the fullest force since he makes art about producing art; his focus moved into an entirely different realm. With his “Noah”, a criminally underrated feature which deserves much higher acclaim, he returned to the metaphysical and anthropological.

Since he is one of the greatest younger directors working in the United States today, it is hard to defend a position that states that one of his films is his “greatest”. Nevertheless, in this article, arguments will be presented why “Black Swan”, a film that was nominated for four Oscars and won one, is Aronofsky’s greatest achievement up to date.

1. Natalie Portman’s outstanding performance

Black Swan (2010)

Natalie Portman won an Oscar for the lead role in “Black Swan” and the crowd cheering at the end of the film may very well be cheering for her performance in the movie. She undertook intense training in ballet for the part, and her devotion in portraying an insecure but also tortured character → continue…

From:: Taste Of Cinema

Watch: Discover How Darren Aronofsky Expresses Obsession Through Sound

By Max Winter

You can look away, but the sound of obsession will still bore into your brain.

What do we mean when we call a film “sensual”? Or “tactile”? Or “lush”? Or “rich”? Or “intense”? Normally, words like those are code for visual power: for deep, dramatic colors; for luxurious long shots; for blinding whites or suffocating darkness.

And yet what about the sound? We tend to notice when a soundtrack works or doesn’t work, but the ambient sound and its manipulations aren’t always called into account when we talk about a film’s merits. Daniel Crowley’s new video essay does just that, examining how Darren Aronofsky’s use of sound in films such as Pi and Black Swan makes a substantial difference in viewer experience—perhaps all the difference? Aronofsky, in fact, is exemplary in exploding background noises into metaphors, in ratcheting up the tension in a story by simply building on… what’s there.

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From:: No Film School