Basement Films: Something Different for Everyone

Sean Strain

Is Black Swan obscure enough to blog about? No, pretty much a large portion of people have seen this move. Do I want to blog about it? Yes, and I think I can do with this blog as I please. Plus, I am not hipster enough for everything I like to have yet to be invented.

I saw Black Swan a couple weeks ago and it was a pretty amazing film. It was very disturbing and filled to the brim with not only psychological horror, but the kind f body horror that made everyone squirm in their seats. Yet, it was strangely beautiful in a horrific way, in the same vein as another ballet horror movie called Suspiria, that is said to even be beautiful as the body count rises.

It’s one of those films that are meant to ambiguous, where you are unsure if what you are seeing is supposed to be a true event or a phantasm of the protagonist’s mind. Yet, I was disappointed when after the film, most of my friends seemed to be in agreement that the main character was suffering from a mental breakdown from the stresses of the ballet world (which is way more intense than I could have imagined.)

How can we all go see the same movie and get the same impression of it? How many people look at The Starry Night by Van Gogh and get the same experience? Seeing any form of art seems to me about partaking in it and coming away with your own idea about the art, that isn’t exactly the same as your peers. Perhaps not true of all art, but you would think a movie such as Black Swan would open the way for multiple interpretations.

This is why I’ve made my own explaination for the movie through supernatural means. You could make an argument for it in the film, though I don’t want to reveal too much information for fear of spoilers. I think this is why you should see it for yourself to see why, or find your own experience.