Movies About The Arts

I’d really like to see them make more dramatic movies with settings based on the arts. I’m not talking about movies about the arts, like films about Picasso’s life or about how to sculpt a vase. I’m talking about movies like the Black Swan, which was up for an Oscar at the 2010 Academy Award TV show.

Black Swan tells the story of two ballet dancers competing to dance the dual lead role of the innocent and delicate White Swan (Princess Odette) and of the sensual Black Swan (Lily) in Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake ballet.

In the plot, one of the two dancers (Nina) is perfectly suited in real life to play the role of the White Swan while the other (Lily) is perfectly suited in real life to play the role of the Black Swan. The movie is a psychological study of the conflict between the two characters , who are competing for the part, and of how the real life Nina slowly loses her mind as she becomes more and more like Odile.

Natalie Portman (Nina) won the Academy Award for Best Actress for the film and Darren Aronofsky, the director,  was nominated for Best Director. In addition, the film itself received a nomination for Best Picture.

My point here is that the movie is about ballet dancers and a ballet by Tchaikovsky. It’s set in the precinct of a prestigious New York City ballet company. It’s about the lives and careers of characters who could be real ballet dancers. These aspects of the film make it a perfect vehicle, a venue by which to learn about and enjoy the arts while exploring human nature in an entertaining and illuminating manner.

I say let’s have more of this kind of movie. We have far too many reruns of Schwarzenegger and Stallone films on TV, and they’re all right in their place. But what about more films about the arts; and what about more reruns of the good movies with arts-oriented settings?

By the way, you can publish your personal preferences about arts films you’d like to see or arts films you have seen and like at Electricka’s feature called Tops & Flops In The Arts.

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