Starving for “Black Swan”

4 Dec

Mila Kunis weighed 117 lbs to begin with and took 5 months on 1,200 calories a day a a whole lot of training (5 hours a day) to lose 20 pounds.  For the movie, she weighed a mere 95 lb!!!!!!  And no surprise, Kunis reported that Portman [who I suspect already had disordered eating] “became smaller than I did.”

I liked the movie, and found the dancing scenes seemed very authentic to me as a non-ballet expert.  And of course, I was highly entertained by the lesbian sex scene between Portman and (very attractive) Kunis.  WOW–seeing Kunis give oral to Portman was a bonus I hadn’t expected.  Congrats to these two ladies for having the courage to do that on screen.  BUT, I feel I can’t totally support the Oscar hype of the movie because I don’t think the authenticity of the movie required those women to weigh under 100 pounds.  Even at their short heights (5’1″ to 5-3″ range) that is emaciated.  I strongly dislike how actresses are expected to be very thin in the first place.  And both actresses and actors are expected to lose and gain weight for particular roles.  Changing your body that dramatically is not great for you.

If professional ballet dancers must weigh 20 pounds less than (already thin) actresses–there is a big problem.  During my years as a competitive dancer, I remember the other dance groups (I was a clogger, which allowed a hardier frame) at Pinkerton Academy emphasized long, lean, graceful bodies.  It was the tall girls with long, thin limbs that were the most successful ballerinas.  But how does long and lean translate to 80-95 pounds?  That’s trouble.  No wonder eating disorders abound in dance circles.

Other then my problem with the pro-anorexia subtitles of the movie, I liked it a lot.  It did a good job of showing how the dance world (and world at large) throws women away when they’re passed their prime.  It’s nice to see Winona Rider acting consistently again, and she did a great job portraying the angry, emotionally unstable, ex-prima ballerina.  Sidenote–>  Why is it Rider was ostracized in Hollywood for shoplifting despite her large bank account, and stopped getting hired, while Halle Barry hit a person in her car and drove off without stopping to help or reporting it, and no one seemed to mind???  Then, Hit-and-run-Halle, as I now call her, was almost immediately cast as Catwomen, which was turned into a very successful blockbuster?  I think the latter offense is worse, and didn’t watch “Catwoman” for the longest time (even though that is my very favorite Batman villian) as a form of protest.  <–Back to the topic at hand:  Black Swan was dramatic and psychologically thrilling.  I just wish actress-dancers (or real-life professional dancers) didn’t need to starve to look realistic.

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