Sunday, September 11, 2016

Visual Parallels: The Neon Demon + Black Swan

By Sati. Sunday, September 11, 2016 , ,
I know it's technically cheating since I already used Black Swan in a pair with Shame, but that was years ago and as for potential pairing up with Suspiria, Swan has way more visual parallels with Refn's latest, so I went with that one.

Black Swan and The Neon Demon are both set in a competitive, feminine environment - ballet and modeling. The younger, hungrier and more unique, the more successful they are. Black Swan is told from the perspective of the girl who is getting rejected only to finally land her big break, meanwhile The Neon Demon has all those girls getting rejected in the background on the story, focusing on young girl who arrives on the scene and instantly gets noticed.

Both films employ mirrors, injuries, surrounding the innocent girl with predatory male figures, trippy club scenes, girls lusting after other girls and possible possession angle.

Most of these are kinda straightforward but I also included some stuff like the prince who transforms into the evil sorcerer standing behind Nina and Jesse in front of that triangle after which her attitude changes (possible possession), blurred vision shot with Nina in the bathtub and Jesse in her last moments, red and teal tone dominating the final moments of both heroines' lives and the fact that the director shows us the last thing they both see before they die - well second to last for Jesse being the night sky and the reflectors shining bright for Nina.

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22 comments:

  1. Now I really want to see The Neon Demon more than ever!!!!!

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    1. I hope you like it when you get a chance to see it, so far it's my favorite this year!

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  2. I haven't seen Neon Demon yet but wow the visual parallel is indeed striking! I'll be up for renting Neon Demon though I'm generally not that interested in Nicolas Winding Refn's work.

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    1. I hope it's not too gruesome for you :)

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    2. I hope so too! The cinematography looks amazing though, and I do like Elle Fanning, so we shall see :D

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  3. I really got a Black Swan vibe from this movie as well and was hoping I would end up loving it as much, but unfortunately The Neon Demon wasn't my thing. Awesome post though!

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  4. I haven't seen The Neon Demon yet, so spoiled myself a little with this one, but doesn't matter! This looks beautiful and I love this feature! You have such a good eye for these little details, more please!

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    1. Thank you! Hope you like the movie when u get a chance to see it!

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  5. It's insane how similar these shots are!!! Great post, as always!

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  6. Wow. I have to see this movie now.

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  7. Black Swan is your fav, you can use it as much as you'd like! This looks fantastic. I'm looking forward to watching Neon Demon.

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    1. I really hope you'll like it! It's better than OGF to be sure :)

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  8. I thought about Black Swan a LOT when I saw Neon Demon, and maybe that's why I didn't care for it as much...it's not nearly as good. Not even close.

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    1. It isn't but it's more like Suspiria in terms of a lot of style, little substance....with Swan script was very important here it was more like a rough frame for the movie

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  9. Awesome post. The movies are similar in theme like you say, but wow there are a lot of visual similarities here! I like it, top stuff sati :)

    What did you make of all those triangles? Were they arranged in some sort of symbolic way?

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  10. Your eye for detail is simply amazing, nice job.

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  11. Such a thought-provoking post. There are definitely plenty of similarities.

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