Friday, December 03, 2010

Love of Today: Rodarte's Sketches for Darren's Aronofsky's Black Swan

Starring Natalie Portman. Can't wait for this movie to open in the UK!

Plot as written by Fox Searchlight Pictures taken from IMDb: "...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"

Nina being Natalie Portman and Lily being Mila Kunis.

Quote from WWD in talks with the Rodarte sisters: "..In case it’s not clear, this isn’t your classic take on “Swan Lake.” Aronofsky’s film is a thriller with tinges of horror, which seems tailor-made for the Mulleavys, who often cite films like 1931’s “Frankenstein” as an influence. In fact, for one of the early brainstorming meetings with the director, the sisters brought along images from their fall 2008 collection, a gorgeous mash-up of ballet and Japanese horror motifs.

Curiously enough, they skipped those obvious cinematic references when it came to the ballet and instead zeroed in on artist Eva Hesse’s “Accession II” sculpture, which features a metal cube bristling with nail-like plastic tubing inside for inspiration. “That in and of itself describes the ballet world to us perfectly,” explains Laura. “It’s perfect and beautiful and, yet, terrifying inside. That world is competitive and gritty, your feet are ruined....” Another influence: Edgar Degas’ bronze ballerina, though not for the reasons one might think. “We always loved the distressed skirt,” Laura remarks...."
(images from WWD)

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