Donald Clarke

Whingeing about cinema and real life since 2009

The most awesome trailer of the season.

Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan is, I guess, currently the film everyone wants to see. ∏ and Requiem for a Dream secured the director something a tad more weighty than a mere cult following. Like David Fincher and Christopher Nolan, Darren inspires …

Sun, Sep 5, 2010, 22:08

   

Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan is, I guess, currently the film everyone wants to see. ∏ and Requiem for a Dream secured the director something a tad more weighty than a mere cult following. Like David Fincher and Christopher Nolan, Darren inspires a near fanatical devotion from a sizable band of followers. The flawed The Fountain — more interesting than some reviews allowed — did some damage to his reputation, but The Wrestler put him right back on the pedestal. He deserves that position. Though no strangers to hysteria, Darren’s films manage to combine narrative oomph with an undeniable intelligence. This guy might have a great film within him. Maybe it will be Black Swan.

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The first thing to say is that this is a heck of a trailer. No, take that smirk of your face, Twit Minor. We are not referring to the intimations of lesbian rumpy pumpy between Princess Padmé and Meg from Family Guy. True, that scenario does sound like something dredged from the lowest, oiliest depths of Comic Book Guy‘s imagination, but there is more to the trailer than high-end titillation. Black Swan just premiered to very positive notices at the Venice Film Festival. Quite a few of the reviews arrived at the conclusion that the picture, a tale of rival ballet dancers, comes across like The Red Shoes crossed with Repulsion. This is obviously more than a little reductive, but who cares. If Black Swan even skirts the pleasures suggested by that description then it will be a very impressive work indeed.

If Aronofsky has a problem, it has been his lack of restraint. More than a few fans still snigger slightly at the thought of Ellen Burstyn being attacked by a killer fridge in Requiem for a Dream. On the other hand, his tendency towards exploring the territory between baroque and gothic (art historians may wish to clarify this metaphor) is one of the things that sets him apart. Just look at Barbara Hershey growling like Margaret Hamilton. Watch Vincent Cassell coming across like a less camp Robert Helpmann.

Golly, this looks great. The bad news? Black Swan will not be opening here until early in 2011. We should, however, be seeing it at the London Film Festival in October. We’ll give you a sly nod as to its quality then.

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