By December 14, 2010Nat-news

We’ve previously had very positive comments come out o the ballet world about Black Swan, but there are a few other rumblings developing that should be part of the discussion.

First up, some new comments from a ballerina, who feels that the film is entertaining and gets a lot of things right, but she also thinks that the highlighting and exaggerating of certain negative elements is harmful.

Then there is the unfortunate reality that some people are taking the ultra thin images from Black Swan and using them to encourage eating disorders. I haven’t seen the film but I’m sure the film presents this as part of the horror of being a dancer. Unfortunately, intentions will always be co-opted and twisted.

Finally, a video interview about the national news story of a critic essentially calling one of the Nutcracker dancers too fat, has a Natalie mention. It’s HULU so I can’t view the clip. Hopefully the comment is a positive one.


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  • PatrynXX says:

    read about the a**hole critic on the last comment. It is his opinion. But others that support him simply say it is a fact that the 37 yr old is too fat. The lady overcame an eating disorder. She’s taking it in stride. Ironically I pointed to Black Swan and said maybe the critic should be tied to a chair and wired in like a clockwork orange. And I’ve scene the pic of the girl. too fat my ass. But then again. They call people obese when they are over 250. I don’t look Obese but thats what they say. It’s all BS and Black Swan pushes that idea. anyone who thinks otherwise will see oranges instead of apples.

  • kafinsmif says:

    In the video, they basically just talk about how NP lost 20 pounds for the role. The interviewer asked if she thought the movie and the 20 pounds that she lost was representative of the world of ballet. Jennifer said she hadn’t seen the movie but that when you train the way NP must have to portray a ballerina, there’s a natural weight-loss just from working that hard. She also said that if you’re TOO thin, you really can’t do the job and that’s where most ballerinas get into trouble.