The Insane Quest for Perfection: Identity and Otherness in Darren Aronofsky's "Black Swan"

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Abstract

Director Darren Aronofsky’s dark exploration of the creative process and its toll on the artist received critical acclaim and numerous award nominations upon its 2010 release. The film focuses on the trials and tribulations of Nina, a meek, hard-working ballerina who must transform herself into the perfect Swan Queen by confronting a darker side of her identity. Aronofsky revisits many of the same tropes and themes he has used in his past films, including an exploration of internal and external validation, shifting identities, entertainment as artistic endeavor, otherness, and jealousy. This examination of the film will delve into the depiction of the creative process as a form of transformation through mental disintegration. Special attention will be paid to the use of doubles and doppelgangers throughout the film, as well as the use of color to delineate good and evil or control and release. The film will be analyzed along with Aronofsky’s earlier work in order to identify the director’s own artistic vision and directorial transformation.
Original languageEnglish
StatePublished - Mar 2012
EventInternational Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts - Orlando, Florida
Duration: Mar 23 2012Mar 23 2012

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ConferenceInternational Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts
Period03/23/1203/23/12

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