Film Commentary

Darren Aronofsky reveals that The Wrestler and Black Swan were originally conceived as one film

August 31, 2010

From an MTV exclusive interview with the filmmaker himself:

I’ve always considered the two films companion pieces. They are really connected and people will see the connections. It’s funny, because wrestling some consider the lowest art — if they would even call it art — and ballet some people consider the highest art. But what was amazing to me was how similar the performers in both of these worlds are. They both make incredible use of their bodies to express themselves. They’re both performers. At one point, way before I made “The Wrestler,” I was actually developing a project that was about a love affair between a ballet dancer and a wrestler, and then it kind of split off into two movies. So I guess my dream is that some art theater will play the films as a double feature some day.

Starting December 1st, Black Swan will be to The Wrestler what Deerhunter’s Weird Era Cont. was to their companion album, Microcastle. Two inextricable halves that small “indieplexes” across the nation will, shortly after Swan’s release, presciently deem a double feature (that is to say, if they know better than to show them apart for too long), strung together by a rampant theme concerning athletes so consumed by their dissociative passions for performance that they willingly part with reality and self-preservation.

Regionally speaking, I also envision a not-so distant future where the AFI in downtown Silver Spring, Md., does just that, a theater and cultural center with a penchant for cinephilic “themes” and filmographies.

Aronofsky is my hero.

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  • Reply hello.psyche August 31, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    Wow…this makes me want to watch black swan even more!

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