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“Black Swan” and the Recovery of the Shadow Self

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  1. What other movies have you felt were “canvases” for the main character’s psychology, Dr. Burgo?

  2. Great review of the movie, and a really tight analysis. Well done.

    On the film itself, however, I couldn’t help but feel it was just a little bit too explicit and straight-forward to be effective as thought-provoking. The duality of the human condition, the battle of the alma, and the shadow and persona are dealt with so much more skilfully in Ingmar Bergman’s Persona, in my opinion. I couldn’t really be superlative enough in my descriptions of that film, it really is quite something.

    If Black Swan had only been a little more surrealist and a little less CGI-heavy, I’d have been more fond of it, even for it’s fairly simplistic direction. Nina’s clothing: white-to-grey-to-black colour scheme. Little obvious for me.

  3. Sorry to double post! Just caught Zoe’s insightful comment! I agree with her in that there is definitely a hallucinatory feel to the narrative and it is indeed very easy to argue that many scenes in the film didn’t actually happen at all, I disagree with the end ‘diagnosis’ Zoe reaches. I never get the sense of psychosis, but in fact neurosis. She has absolutely no control, and craves perfection.

    There is an argument there for schizophrenia, though, just not one that convinces me!

  4. What an amazingly clearly written and compelling article! I watched the movie, of course, and I think I am gonna enjoy your site a lot. Thanks!

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