Swan Lake is one of the most influential ballets of all time. This classic masterpiece by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky premiered on February 20, 1872 to quickly become a hit. Throughout the years, Swan Lake has been interpreted in many different ways. One of them is in the 201o psychological thriller Black Swan. In this film we are introduced to a fragile ballerina as she fights for the lead in Swan Lake.
Nina Sayers (Natalie Portman) is ballerina at the New York City Ballet. A dedicated dancer, she gets up in the morning dancing only to dance right before sleep. One day she hears that the lead principle dancer is to be retiring. On the same day she learns of a new dancer Lily (Mila Kunis) coming into town and joining the company. The director reveals that they are to do Swan Lake for their opening. After Nina and a few other dancers to audition, the rest of the day becomes dedicated to getting the role for her. However, things do not go well at the audition for Nina and she falls. When she goes home she is encouraged by her overbearing mother to go and talk to the director about the role. When she does, she bites the director when he kisses her. She learns quickly that she received the role of the Swan Queen, the lead in Swan Lake. But not all goes well for Nina as she starts to think Lily is trying to kill her. With fantasies, she is not thinking clearly on the night of her big debut struggling to secure her place in the New York City Ballet hierarchy.
When Black Swan came out in 2010 to be a surprise box office success. With Natalie Portman as a mentally unstable ballet dancer we watch as she descends into madness as she tries to become perfect in everyone’s eyes. Black Swan is a psychological thriller with twists and turns with a result that shocked audiences.