The Pestle


Ep 68: “Black Swan”

February 12, 2019

We dance through Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan” and discuss:

  • Super 16mm film, and how it affects the story;
  • building tension and anxiety;
  • and other such stuff and things and stuff.

Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth. – Pablo Picasso

Notes & References:
The Pestle Ep 5: Whiplash

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  1. Marc Israel says:

    Ok guys, haven’t even finished this episode (have snd love the movie l) and when you seemed unfamiliar with Barbara Hershey (the Mom), I thought of her in “The Stunt Man” with Peter O’Toole. She’s an actress who is used by her director on multiple levels and I guarantee that Aronofsky saw this film! And then you go and mention that you wouldn’t want to be played by the Director so I am recommending
    The Stunt Man for your personal (nit reviewing) pleasure and would love to hear your reaction to my premise!

    1. wes says:

      Nice! Haven’t actually seen The Stunt Man before, definitely checking that out, I still get Netflix DVDs for just such a purpose. When I think of Barbara Hershey my mind always goes to Beaches, haha. Even looking through her IMDB page I don’t remember her specifically in the other big hits like Hoosiers, Right Stuff, and The Natural (though I remember her character very clearly, odd as that is).

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