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Black Swan (2010): A Portrait of the Artist as Narcissist

Spoiler Scale (How spoilery is this article on a scale of 1 to 10?):  9 (NOTE: The essay also includes discussions of the films, The Red Shoes (1948), All About Eve (1950), and The Tenant (1976).) Black Swan opens within a dream.  Nina (Natalie Portman) is performing a solitary sequence from Tchaikovsky’s ballet Swan Lake (1876) where the evil sorcerer, Von Rothbart, has cast ... Read More »

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