Black swan 6
Themovie black swan was about Nina who was in conflict with Lily, butwho ended up fighting with imaginary people. The movie focused on thepsychology of modern people, which is as a result of constantcompetition. The competition is so stiff that it can lead tohallucinations that can result in disasters. Nina had severalhallucinations about Lily, whom she disliked and who always appearedto be in competition with her for the role of queen swan. The moviefocused on the psychology of modern man in a competitive world. Thepsychological effect of the competition was in the form of theconflicting characters of the black swan and white swan.
Therelationship between the two swans was that the black swan was arelaxed version of the white swan that was less inhibited andcareful. The white swan represented perfection and the need to alwaysbe correct, which in essence made modern people lose out onopportunities for being too careful. The black swan represented acomfortable life, in which there was perfection but less inhibition.The black swan represented a relaxed version of the white swan. James(2010) made his argument from a psychological basis. The authorlooked at the movie based on how it featured the life of the maincharacter Nina, as she sank into psychosis, a major concern amongstpsychologists today.
Thearticle also looked at the movie from different perspectives ofpsychological concerns such as Nina’s mother’s narcissisticpersonality. The author’s main attention was on the psychologicaleffects that the movie presented (Fuhrer2010).The interest was on how it featured different psychologicalconditions that are common in modern life and their impacts insociety. The author followed how the main character transformed froman innocent girl to a girl who suffered from psychosis, as she playedher characters in the movie.
Thearticle discussed the quality of sound and how this brought aboutdifferent effects of the characters being portrayed by the actors.This was viewed from a psychological point of view, in terms of howthe movie presented how psychosis manifests itself. The article alsodiscussed how the focus of the movie was on different actions andacts such as how Nina meticulously arranged her shoes, to highlightthe manifestations of the mental conditions. The production focussedon these issues as the main focus was on how Nina descended into apsychotic so as to fit her role as the queen swan.
Therelationship between women in the movie was based on conflict ofinterests instead of unity. This is a typical stereotype thatfeatures in different movies and social circles. The women such asNina and her mother and Nina and Lily were in constant conflict andthey seemed to either work against each other or collide due todifferent interests (James2010).Nina’s mother tried to control Nina’s life and influence how sheturned out. Nina and Lily were always in conflict with Nina beingjealous and envious of Lily (Fuhrer2010).Lily, on the other hand, always tried to have Nina appear in a badlight.
Thearticle discussed how the movie utilised role- plays so as to bringout the roles of Nina as a black swan and white swan. Role playfeatured prominently as Nina transformed into different peoplethroughout the movie so as to bring out the different characters thatshe played. The major aspect of focus was on the psychologicalconditions that featured in the movie. These are discussed based onreal- life experiences and how they occur. The article compared thepsychological conditions portrayed in the movie and how they wererelated to real experiences and how they occur and affect people(James2010).For example, the world of dancing is competitive and this can lead tounfair competition such as the case of Lily and Nina, and result inmental disturbance and psychological conditions.
Thearticle also discusses the style of play within a play, as Nina wasplaying an acting role on top of her acting role in the movie. Thearticle discussed Nina’s roles in the play that she auditioned forin the movie and how this affected her until she became psychotic(James2010).The play within a play style was discussed as it was the main reasonNina became psychotic. The style also brought out the relationship ofwomen in the movie as the conflicts between the three main women inthe movie contributed to the play in which Nina was to take part. Thepoor relationship between women in the play is what enabled Nina tofit the different characters in the movie.
Thearticle heavily relied on the opinions of psychologists and expertsin the field to determine the accuracy of the psychologicalconditions portrayed in the movie (Wloszczyna2010).The use of experts gave great insights into the accuracy of the moviein playing different psychological roles. The use of experts alsohelped in shedding light into an otherwise thrilling movie that wasunclear to people who did not understand the psychological aspect ofthe movie (James2010).It was also useful as it shed light into different psychologicalproblems and how they manifest themselves. The experts also revealedthat there was an accurate representation of different psychologicalproblems that were masked by Nina’s psychotic role.
Themovie was interesting because it featured psychological problems thatare misunderstood and yet they affect a large population of themodern society. The movie featured the transformation of Nina from aninnocent girl to a psychotic who eventually stabbed herself(Wloszczyna2010).The transformation kept the viewers captivated as it raised suspenseand one wanted to find out what would eventually happen. The moviealso brought out issues that cause psychological problems and factorsthat precipitate them. The makeup, costumes and choreography alsomade the movie interesting as they brought out the main theme of themovie and they supported the main character as she played differentroles (Zeitchik& Fritz 2011).The costumes and makeup were especially helpful in bringing out thedifferent characters of the Nina as they portrayed her according toall the roles she played.
Inconclusion, ‘Black Swan’ was a movie that was themed aroundpsychological problems that affect people in modern society. Themovie brought out the problems that face people in the modern societyand which are potentials for psychological problems. The moviefollowed the life of Nina as she transformed from an innocent girl toa psychotic lady who eventually stabbed herself. The movie used theroles of women to show how conflicting relationships between womencan be the basis for psychological problems. The costumes, makeup andchoreography, supported the different roles of Nina during hertransformation.
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