I went to see Black Swan yesterday and man-oh-man, I was blown away. To say it is a mind puzzle is definitely an understatement but I have always enjoyed films with meticulous attention to detail. The transformation of Portman is astounding - so creatively and cleverly done - as are the stunning ballerina outfits.
Although I am not a dancer, I have always been fond of ballet, it is beautiful and empowering and the film was the same. To realise that every action, scene and shot had been especially chosen to authenticate the film's message is something I eat up as a viewer. Natalie Portman (the main star) was skeletal in frame, apparently losing 20 pounds for the role, which made her almost painful to watch being manipulated from the first minute. It also showed her devotion to her character Nina; we all were swept away into the belief she actually was who she was pretending to be. I suppose it is that kind of acting that gets you nominated for a Best Actress Oscar after all.
The use of visuals certainly helped. Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte designed and made the 40 ballet costumes. Considering the dark nature of the film combined with the elegance of the dance, who would be better to produce the exquisite costumes?
Nevertheless I found out recently that the Mulleavy sisters will not be entitled to an Academy Award for their input into the film, despite the movie's nomination being heavily tipped for success. Instead, should the film win the award it will be credited to the Costume Designer Amy Westcott, as the sisters failed to negotiate their deal appropriately. A definate and justified boo hoo. Still, all us fashion folk know and salute you Rodarte!