Black Swan

by Jett Middleton on September 16, 2012

At its centre is young ballerina Nina Sayers, played by Natalie Portman. She is beautiful, vulnerable, sexually naive and susceptible to mental illness. To play the role of a lifetime, Nina must delve deep into her own dark side. As her hallucinations and anxiety attacks escalate in tandem with her progress in rehearsal, artistic breakthrough fuses with nervous breakdown. This is a movie about fear of penetration, fear of your body, fear of being supplanted in the affections of a powerful man, love of perfection, love of dance, and perhaps most importantly of all, passionate and overwhelming hatred of your mother.  Read More … http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2011/jan/20/black-swan-review

Black Swan

by

Mark Heyman
Andres Heinz
John McLaughlin

Story by
Andres Heinz

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ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. COPYRIGHT ©2010 LAKE OF TEARS, INC.  NO PORTION OF THIS SCRIPT MAY BE PERFORMED, PUBLISHED, REPRODUCED, SOLD OR DISTRIBUTED BY ANY MEANS, OR QUOTED OR PUBLISHED IN ANY MEDIUM, INCLUDING ANY WEB SITE, WITHOUT THE PRIOR WRITTEN CONSENT OF LAKE OF TEARS, INC. DISPOSAL OF THIS SCRIPT COPY DOES NOT ALTER ANY OF THE RESTRICTIONS SET FORTH ABOVE.

 

INT. DARK STAGE – NIGHT 1

OPENING CREDITS:

A SPOTLIGHT slices black space.

In its beam, a DANCER materializes.  She is fair-skinned.

Beautiful and pure.

The maiden twirls on pointe, a smile on her face, light as air and carefree.

She pauses, her face grows worried. Sensing someone watching.

 

Scared, she peers into the darkness.

She moves now, looking, growing more frantic.

Then, a SINISTER MAN emerges out of the darkness behind her.  She stumbles backwards, frightened.

She tries to escape, twirling away, but he pursues. His true form is revealed, the demon ROTHBART.

He flings his open hand towards her, casting the spell.

She wants to scream, but nothing comes out. She looks at her body, sensing something happening to her. Something terrifying.

She spins, panicking, but it’s too late. She disappears beneath the beast’s cape.

She emerges as the WHITE SWAN, the iconic protagonist of SWAN LAKE.

CUT TO BLACK.

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