Natalie Portman is Eerie in New ‘Black Swan’ Clip

Published 4 years ago by , Updated March 3rd, 2014 at 6:45 am,

Black Swan movie clip Natalie Portman is Eerie in New Black Swan Clip

The life of a professional dancer is physically exhausting in its own right and possibly (or not) being haunted by supernatural forces, a la Nina (Natalie Portman) in Black Swan, only makes that career all the more complicated.

A scene from Black Swan has emerged online and while it concerns the seemingly innocuous act of costume fitting, what happens to Portman’s Nina is unsettling enough to ward you off from ever again inspecting yourself in a mirror backstage.

Black Swan begins a limited release in U.S. theaters at the beginning of December and is easily the most anticipated upcoming (arthouse) release of the year. Darren Aronofsky’s latest directorial effort has been flying high with critics since its tour around the festival circuit and has further benefited from an intriguing marketing campaign that has featured some gorgeous international artwork, a creepy TV spot and website, and even a flashy yet unnerving music video.

Now a clip from the actual film is online and it’s a simple but troubling moment that both hints at the ambiguous nature of Nina’s experiences (is it all in her mind?) and pays homage to one of the more famous shots from Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane (chances are you’ve heard of that pic).

Watch the scene from Black Swan below (courtesy of Shock Till You Drop):

Clint Mansell’s Tchaikovsky-inspired musical score for Black Swan plays but for a brief moment in this clip, but – judging by the early responses online – it’s just as hauntingly beautiful as his previous work for Aronofsky, which includes the “Lux Aeterna” theme from Requiem For A Dream and the entire soundtrack for The Fountain.

Portman is virtually a lock to receive an Oscar nomination for her turn as Nina in Black Swan, which could also land nods for both Aronofsky and possibly even Portman’s costar, Mila Kunis – for her performance as the mysterious and evocative Lily (though the lack of arthouse pics on Kunis’ acting resume makes her more of a dark horse contender for the time being).

Mila Kunis in Black Swan Natalie Portman is Eerie in New Black Swan Clip

Black Swan begins a limited release in the U.S. on December 3rd, 2010.

Source: Shock Till You Drop

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  1. Natalie is showing more depth to her breadth… Love to watch this star emerge as a very particular set of genre explorations…. Go Nats!!!

    Clearly this scene is meant to ravel the mystique of the kept woman not as a physical domain of concubine or harem girl but more directly as a woman who does everything right and still forgets to check in with her true self as both animal nature and social contributor… love this psychodramatic power handed over to the Portman as a world of new ways to appreciate the ordinary truth of extraordinary moments in a troubled world…

    • uhh….yeah, my thoughts exactly.

      • uhh…ditto

        • I think I speak for everybody when I say…. That is the most delicious word salad I’ve ever seen.

          • Huh huh…. you said word salad… and he said psychodramatic… huh huh huh….

            • LOL Word Salad: when somebody strings together words without realizing or understanding either the meaning or the context of the words, or both.

              • Quite some time ago I figured out that the inability of a listener to comprehend is not my inability to communicate…. You might need a few more semesters in Women’s Studies at the University mate…

                A word to the wise… it takes more than just shaving the legs for he to be a she and I assure you that she is not concerned with doing the work for you…

                I thought my word salad was concise as opposed to verbose which is, of course, the other option which provides the wealth of details necessary to understand these concepts.

                Thee Radioal Eclectic… At your service

  2. what?….wait, I mean…what?

  3. Can’t wait! Only a week or so!

  4. hmm

  5. That was great and I can’t wait to see this. Even the pic at the top of the page threw me at first when I noticed the reflection in the mirror being different….

  6. Wish I could see it. I cant get to the limited release locations reasonably and the so-called wider release locations on the 17th arent any better. Shame. Film would have done well with a standard release. I’m not even going to be able to see it in the theater and I would have more than once.

  7. you guys know how they got her reflexion to do that? they simply got keira knightley to stand there… LOL!!!

    they have to be clones or something, and im the only one that sees it…

  8. i love that movie…