Agree that 'Black Swan' should be avoided

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Stephanie Clemens' comments warning parents and students about seeing "Black Swan" are wise indeed [On the film 'Black Swan,' Lifelines, Feb. 2].

Stephanie has devoted a lifetime to forming and nurturing dancers at the Academy of Music and Movement — including my own two daughters when they were younger — and always presented dance as a wonderful opportunity for growth and artistic development.

The unrelenting visual depictions of the negative aspects of dance can only be damaging to the minds of young dancers.

One can only wonder what the producers were thinking when creating this film, which would no doubt attract a lot of young female moviegoers.

Actually, the film has little dance, and lots of bloody and psychologically disturbing themes that are shocking and sensationalistic.

I wish I had read more reviews before going to see it, since I would have, like Stephanie, chosen to avoid it.

Maryanne Rusinak
Librarian, Concordia University

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John Hubbuch from Oak Park  

Posted: February 9th, 2011 10:15 AM

I'm with Mickey. Last Tango In Paris, Monster, Monster's Ball,the list goes on and on of disturbing movies that still manage to inform or entertain some of us. I suspect most 15 year old girls are quite capable of deciding whether or not this is a movie that they might want to see. The Green Hornet and Little Folkers are far more likely to damage young (or old) minds!

OP Resident  

Posted: February 9th, 2011 2:29 AM

I'll give you another movie to miss, "Blue Valentine". A bore about two unlikeable people and their failing marriage. The pre-release buzz about the movie also involved explict scenes. I think the producers were thrilled when the film received the "NC-17" rating. It got people talking about censorship and eventually it's "R" rating. See "True Grit" and "The Kings' Speech" for quality entertainment.

Mickey  

Posted: February 8th, 2011 11:51 PM

I'm a 15 year old girl and I saw this movie and I don't think it should be avoided. It should be avoided by immature people who can't handle sex scenes

Prescott  

Posted: February 8th, 2011 11:49 PM

First, this movie is not in the vein of a "dance" movie, it's a Darren Aronofsky movie. Second,The film is rated R, therefore it is most definitely not aimed at young females. It's the parents buying the tickets, and it's their responsibility. The problem is not that this movie negatively portrays dance, but that you fail to realize that the target audience has the maturity to distinguish fantasy from reality. Black Swan is not set against dancing, and should not be viewed in that light.

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