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When I first heard news about Darren Aronofsky's latest project, 'Black Swan,' I was skeptical as to its success, but an atmospheric and ominous trailer won me over immediately. You can watch it below. Early reviews have been mainly positive and although I'm dying to take a peek, for now I'll happily indulge in a bit of blind faith as I share some thoughts on the film's trailer, which drips with symbolism and dark intrigue.

For those of you who haven't been seduced by 'Black Swan's' premise yet -- the film revolves around Nina (Natalie Portman), rival dancer Lily (Mila Kunis), past prima ballerina Beth (Winona Ryder), their stage director Thomas (Vincent Cassel), and Nina's overbearing, veteran ballerina mother (Barbara Hershey). As the dancers approach an important performance, the friction between Nina and Lily grows. Soon, the psychologically fragile ballerina becomes more reckless as her relationship with Lily transforms her and she becomes overwhelmed with erotic tension, supernatural mystery, and a Hitchcockian foreboding.
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Black Swan
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Nina (Natalie Portman) is a ballerina whose passion for the dance rules every facet of her life. When... Read More