Location: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA
Date: November 29 at 7:30pm
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Description: Darren Aronofsky’s plays around with a doppleganger motif – suggesting a ballet version of Poe’s “William Wilson” – in this tale of a gifted but repressed ballerina who undergoes a bizarre transformation when she confronts a new addition to the company for the dual role of the White/Black Queen in Swan Lake. Shot on location in and around Lincoln Center and featuring costumes by Rodarte, the film boasts a gallery of star turns by Natalie Portman as the driven lead, Vincent Cassel as a Balanchine-like choreographer, Mila Kunis as Portman’s mysterious opponent, Barbara Hershey as Portman’s overbearing stage mother, and Winona Ryder as the company’s vitriolic, aging prima ballerina.
“Utterly overpowering from the first few frames… [it] features some of the most magnificent ballet sequences ever created for cinema…a magnificent blend of pop and art cinema, the breakthrough we’ve been waiting for from both Portman and Aronofsky, and an instant classic.”—Andrew O’Hehir, Salon.