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Black Swan

The movie the Black Swan, in my opinion was an artistic take physiological thriller about one of the most intense and almost controversial areas of culture around, ballet. This movie first attracted my attention from the movie poster itself. I knew the movie was about ballet but the artistic rendering of the poster instantly caught my attention. In looking for convergence types technical convergence and economic convergence were very present in the movie companies and the people involved, yet the cultural convergence for me personally and how it was advertised set this film apart from other major motion films.

Economic convergence was present with the competition of the film studios. At first the director Darren Aronofsky started with the idea of the movie under Universal Pictures but there was a turn around and instead he worked on the Wrestler, which like the Black Swan was a very edgy artistic success. The film ended up being produced by Fox Searchlight Pictures and ended up making 3.3 million dollars and was sixth in the box office. The actors were also very strong and well-known leads. Natalie Portman played the lead actress, Mila Kunis, who is famous for That’s 70’s show and forgetting Sarah Marshall, played the supporting actress. The film also included Vincent Cassel and Winona Ryder.

The film was an exceptional example of cultural convergence. It first previewed at many film festivals such as the Venice film festival and the Telluride film Festival in Colorado. The film was showed all over the world and attracted many different types of audiences. I personally went to see the film because of the movie poster itself and also that online a lot of people I knew were raving about the movie. The audience of the movie itself influenced the reaction in terms of distributing information and raving about the movie over the Internet and in subtle artistic ways that attract many curious people. Overall this film was a success in both the art community and in daily life representing the struggles within us and revealing the dark world or ballet and our each individual inner self.


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  1. Lynn
    January 6, 2011 at 4:22 am

    You give good info on the studios producing the film. I wonder what the stars have to do with the economic convergence, however. Have Portman or Kunis been in other Fox pictures? In other words, was the film going to strengthen Fox’s profits elsewhere?
    Also, in terms of cultural convergence you seem interested in both its “high culture” appeal (e.g., the fact that it’s about ballet) as well as its cross-cultural appeal (e.g., the fact that people everywhere like it). Can you provide evidence of the film’s appeal outside the US? You hint at why it may appeal to people across various cultures (e.g., getting in touch with our ‘dark sides’), but I’d like to hear more about this in relation to how the film speaks to cultural specifics (e.g. of ballet culture) and to certain universals as well.
    Good start!

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