Film Review : The Black Swan Essay

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Abstract

The purpose of this assignment was to analyze the film The Black Swan and the main character, Nina. As a group, we used the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders V to find a proper diagnosis. We chose Borderline Personality Disorder as the diagnosis. In the film, we see how Nina transforms from an innocent and calm White Swan to a seductive and wild Black Swan as the film progressed. As a group we will examine the disorder as well as the symptoms presented to find evidence for our claims. The evidence found will help us understand the development of the disorder. Also, we will talk about some discrepancies throughout the film that may have led us to believe it was another disorder.

Our group consisting of three members chose to analyze the movie “The Black Swan” which is a psychological thriller film produced in 2010 by Darren Aronofsky. Natalie Portman, who plays the role of Nina, portrays herself as a beautiful but disturbed ballerina. Like many other young women in her profession, Nina is completely consumed with dance and getting a lead role in the Swan Lake production. In the beginning of the movie, Nina along with other ballerinas were auditioning for a spot in the Swan Lake. As they auditioned, Artistic Director Thomas Leroy would walk around and tap shoulders of ballerinas. As he walked around, one could see the worry in Nina’s eyes. But unknown to her, the ballerinas whose shoulders…

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