So I just got back from the first US screening (I think) of Aronofsky’s Black Swan in Philly for the 19th annual Filmadelphia film festival and am still reverberating from the experience. Hell of a movie. Aronofsky was there to answer questions after the screening which he watched for the first time with a live audience. Unfortunately the audience really wasn’t brave enough to challenge Darren with interesting questions so what could have been a very provoking Q&A session turned out to be a lame one. Nonetheless he’s a very cool guy with no exaggerated ego whatsoever (aside from wearing a scarf indoors).
Anyone else go to this premier? I’d be interested in some other thoughts on the whole ordeal. If not has anyone seen the film outside the US? How was the reaction from the audience?
I was there. Surprised by all the laughter from the audience.
Yea the crowd sucked. And the guy next to me smelled really bad
So the movie was good, but the audience didn’t go along with it…?
….or were there darkly humorous parts…?
….or should I be worried about unintentional humor?
There were darkly humorous parts which garnered inappropriate heaves of laughter from the audience. Maybe it was because Darren was in the audience I don’t know…the movie was great though and funny at times. Nothing to worry about DIB
To put it mildly…
Can you elaborate? On the smell, if nothing else?
is it on par with the Wrestler? tell me, tell me!
I’ll be writing a review which I will post on mubi, or you can go to my blog and read it I should have it up by monday.
Leaves, he smelt of elderberries…
Micky, I enjoyed it more :) He used the same film stock as he did in The Wrestler with much of the same techniques. Natalie Portman was surprisingly amazing.
I was there too, I won VIP passes to the premiere and the afterparty but left before Darren Aronofsky got there because I’m a young working professional with a bedtime that I had already exceeded by an hour. Waa waa.
I really enjoyed it. I loved it. “Daring filmmaking” is an accurate way to describe it.
I’m a horror fan and a drama fan, so the two elements coming together seamlessly like that was great. There were some very subtle moments towards the beginning that were equally as jarring as some of the other elements towards the climax. Also, as you may recall if you were there, the one guy brought up, the finger & toenail motif – way to play into our visceral reactions, guy. Everyone in the audience was squirming in their seats. I think a lot of the audience was looking for a chance to relax so when something remotely funny was said it was like WHEW LETS LAUGH.
@Micky: Personally, I liked Black Swan more than The Wrestler, but as Aronofsky said during the Q&A, they are a little like companion pieces. See it! :)
Cool Erin, but you should have given that pass to me!
No, Erin should’ve given the pass to me.
but we drove together…maybe we could cut the pass in half. Or maybe we could cut ourselves in half. I call the upper torso.
But we used my car. And I was the only one yelling at the traffic in front of us. If you had at least done that then we could split it 50/50. As it stands right now I’m willing to give you everything from mid-thigh down.
Well if keeping it cool under pressure is only equivalent to 1/3 of a leg than I guess im fucked :( road rage is just not for me
Can I at have some fingers or the at least the thumb?
No thumbs, only pinkies and small toes. I’ll throw in a non-vital internal organ of your choice to sweeten the deal.
Looking back, I would only give either of you the pass if you stacked one of you on top of the other and wore a very long trench coat!
here’s my Black Swan Review
Erin, that would need to be an 12 ft. trench coat I’m not sure if they make them that long…good idea though
So you would’ve given me the pass then Erin?
I’m just going to assume that I get the pass. Thank you Erin for hypothetically giving me the pass. I will never forget the thing that I imagined you did for me.