Ballet Star Criticizes 'Black Swan' for Being 'Disturbing'

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Gillian Murphy who is one of the leading dancers in New York's American Ballet Theater said the movie is removed from the reality of dancing world.

Leading ballet star Gillian Murphy has criticized Natalie Portman's new movie "Black Swan" as "shocking" and "disturbing" for its dark portrayal of the dance world. The film, which is tipped for success at the 2011 Academy Awards, tells the story of an emotionally-disturbed dancer who descends into madness as she vies for roles within a highly-competitive company.

But British ballerina Murphy, who is a principal dancer at New York's American Ballet Theatre, was horrified by director Darren Aronofsky's harsh portrayal of the industry and insists the film is far removed from reality.

She tells the Los Angeles Times, "I thought the extreme nature that it presented was shocking, but it was intentionally that way... It's very competitive (in the ballet industry), especially to get into a company. I feel that once you're in the company, you have your personal goals to progress and to get more roles, and we are very supportive of each other."

"The mean-spiritedness portrayed in the movie was disturbing to me. That atmosphere and the lecherousness of the director - they have nothing to do with my personal experience."


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    Dec 14, 2011

    Thank you Gillian for your honest criticism. Your soul is much more healthy than that of modern filmmakers.

    Dec 19, 2010

    a very AWESOME movie at that

    Dec 19, 2010

    its a movie, deal with it

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