Stark Black Swan Posters Somehow Subtler (and Better) Than Actual Movie

Spoiler of the lowest order: Black Swan is chockablock with obvious swan imagery and a black/white motif that swallows the movie -- even if the photography itself is swoon lake. (Laff.) But unless you're hungry for psychodramatic, meth-level convulsions, you can actually glean the best parts of Black Swan through these new posters by design firm LaBoca. Check out their sanguine splendor after the jump.

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I'm a sucker for book cover illustrations of the '60s and '70s (which were also gleefully referenced in an episode of Work of Art this year), so the crisp colors speak to me in a way A Wrinkle in Time might have in my youth. The feat here is how these posters nail balletic form, grace and precision in a way the movie doesn't -- with simplicity, curvy lines, and saturated polychrome. The actual Black Swan is sterilized drama where the whites are never milky and the blacks are never deep -- and that's a conscious choice, no doubt, as coldness pervades the character stories. But these drawings pinpoint the resounding theme of "perfection," which the movie is supposed to do ahead of its finale and, ultimately, doesn't. If you haven't seen Black Swan yet, maybe you should bring these pictures with you to the theater to ensure a sumptuous literary experience.

'Black Swan' Posters [Jezebel]



Comments

  • Garry says:

    I literally disagree with every single thing you wrote here, other than the fact that the posters are cool. Not only that, these posters are not new at all. They first surfaced online about 2-3 months ago.
    To anyone else reading this: Don't listen to Louis, this is an amazing movie and Natalie Portman is the best she has ever been in a film.

  • Remy says:

    Snarky-snark!
    These look deliberately stylized, expressionistic and heavily symbolic, in keeping with the spirit of the (brilliant) movie. I like them all, but my favorite is number 1. And someone needs to see the movie again!

  • Kyle Klemme says:

    I can honestly express that this is among the worst films that I have ever seen. Nothing really happens so you are left hoping that it will get better and regrettably it never does. I believe cheated that I spent time watching this. Utter pants! The concept was good nevertheless the movie just doesn't deliver. The very first 40 or so minutes are filled with boring, mundane nonsense about the main actress being cast in the lead role in swan lake, as a viewer you hope that after this rubbish the movie will start to get interesting but regrettably all it does is amble along and keep you hoping that the end is in sight. How on earth this ever got nominated for an award is beyond me. Do yourself a favour and do something more exciting with your time.

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