Darren Aronofski’s latest movie ‘Black Swan’ could be called the first movie being “All in the Jewish family”. The last time I remember noticing so many Jewish actors in a single movie was Mel Gibson’s Passion of the Christ. In that movie, Mel casted three popular western hardcore actress. Monica Bellucci, who plays Mary Magdalene in Gibson’s “Passion” movie, is quite the rage as a European porn queen as well as “one of the hottest actresses in Hollywood”. Rosalinda Celentano, who is the androgynous character of Satan, Claudia Gerini, who plays the role of Pilate’s wife, Sabrina Impacciatore who plays Seraphia and Gabriella Barbuti – are hardcore porn stars as well.
In addition to the director Darren Aronofski, who is Jew from Brooklyn (NY) and lives with Jewish actress Rachel Weisz – there is Israel-born Natalie Portman playing the leading role; the Winona Ryder (born Winona Laura Horowitz) and Ukrainian Jewish actress Mila Kunis who claims that she is a holocaust survivor. And the screenplay is by Mark Heyman.
Black Swan is the story of Nina (Portman), a ballerina in a New York City ballet company whose life, like all those in her profession, is completely consumed with dance. She lives with her obsessive former ballerina mother Erica (Hershey) who exerts a suffocating control over her. When artistic director Thomas Leroy (Cassel) decides to replace prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre (Ryder) for the opening production of their new season, Swan Lake, Nina is his first choice. But Nina has competition: a new dancer, Lily (Kunis), who impresses Leroy as well. Swan Lake requires a dancer who can play both the White Swan with innocence and grace, and the Black Swan, who represents guile and sensuality. Nina fits the White Swan role perfectly but Lily is the personification of the Black Swan. As the two young dancers expand their rivalry into a twisted friendship, Nina begins to get more in touch with her dark side – a recklessness that threatens to destroy her. Watch the official trailer below.
Black Swan was premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) on September 13, 2010.