quotes are a
gripping and visceral experience from beginning to end and strike an
immediate haunting note that grow louder with a dark echo. The story
itself comes across as rapturous, operatic and very
It's one of those movies that will force viewers to either reject it
outright with revulsion or allow the nightmarish madness to
into the brain and remain there for a very long time. Scroll
to dive into the messy psychosis of the Black Swan quotes.
by: Darren Aronofsky
Mark Heyman (screenplay)
Andres Heinz (screenplay)
John McLaughlin (screenplay)
Andres Heinz (story) Starring: Natalie Portman -
Mila Kunis - Lily
Vincent Cassel - Thomas Leroy
Barbara Hershey - Erica Sayers
Winona Ryder - Beth Macintyre
Benjamin Millepied - David
Ksenia Solo - Veronica
Kristina Anapau - Galina
Janet Montgomery - Madeline
Sebastian Stan - Andrew
Toby Hemingway - Tom
Sergio Torrado - Sergio
Mark Margolis - Mr. Fithian
Tina Sloan - Mrs. Fithian
Abraham Aronofsky - Mr. Stein
Charlotte Aronofsky - Mrs. Stein
Marcia Jean Kurtz - Georgina
Shaun O'Hagan - Sebastian
Christopher Gartin - Waiter Scott
Deborah Offner - Susie
Stanley Herman - Uncle Hank
lines] Nina Sayers:
I had the craziest dream last night. I was dancing the white swan. It
was different choreography though, it was more like the Bolshoi's. It
was the prologue, when Rothbart casts his spell.
You're in a good mood. Nina Sayers:He
promised to feature me more this season.
Well, he certainly should. You've been there long enough and you're the
most dedicated dancer in the company.
Did you see Beth today? I can't believe she's back. Galina: Of
course she's back. Veronica:
Don't know why she can't take a hint. The company's broke, no one comes
to see her anymore. Madeline:
Uh, nobody actually comes to see ballet full stop. Veronica:
That's not true, I hear the Royal had one of their best season yet. Galina: He
just needs to try something new that's all. Veronica: No.
Someone new. Madeline: Like
who? Veronica: Like
someone who's not approaching menopause. Nina Sayers:It's sad. Veronica: What's
sad? Nina Sayers:Beth's
such a beautiful dancer. Galina: Yeah,
so is my grandmother. Nina Sayers:Well,
danced into her fifties. Veronica: [sarcastically]
Yeah, we know.
[to the soloists as they
are practicing tapping the shoulder of each dancer he's selected] Thomas Leroy:
We all know the story. Virginal girl, pure and sweet, trapped in the
body of a swan. She desires freedom, but only true love can break the
spell. Her wish is nearly granted in the form of a prince. But before
he can declare his love, her lustful twin, the Black Swan, tricks and
seduces him. Devastated the White Swan leaps off a cliff, killing
herself and in death finds freedom.
Thomas Leroy: Good
morning, company. [they respond 'Good
morning' in quite voices] Thomas Leroy: We
open our season with Swan Lake. Done to death I know, but not like
this. We strip it down, make it visceral and real. A new production
needs a new Swan Queen. A fresh face to present to the world. But which
of you can embody both swans? The white and the black? All the soloists
I tapped go to your scheduled rehearsals this afternoon. And the girls
didn't tap, meet me at the principle studio at five. Thank you. [he walks away and Nina
smiles to herself as he hadn't tapped her]
[to Nina after she has
just finished her rehearsal dance] Thomas Leroy: If
that was only casting the White Swan, she'd be yours. But I'm not.
Maestro, Odile's Coda, please. Now show me your Black Swan, Nina. [nervously Nina begins
to dance] Thomas Leroy: Not
so controlled! Seduce us! Not just the Prince, but the court, the
audience, the entire world! Come on! The fouettes are like a spider
spinning her web. [as Nina is spinning] Thomas Leroy: Attack
it! Attack it! Come on! [just as Nina is about
to finish her dance Lily clangs the door open and she loses her focus
Thomas Leroy: Well,
good of you to join us. Lily: Sorry. Thomas Leroy: Girls,
this is Lily. Straight off the plane from San Fransisco. She's filling
Rebecca's old spot. Lily: Hey. Thomas Leroy: Get
warmed up. Lily: No,
it's okay. I'm good. Nina Sayers:Should I
go again? Thomas Leroy: No.
Thanks, Nina. I've seen enough.
[just as Nina walks in
through the front door to their apartment] Erica Sayers: So
how did it go? [Nina doesn't answer] Erica Sayers: You
were late, so I called Susie in the office. An audition! I can't
believe he'd just spring that on you. So? Nina Sayers: It
was fine. Erica Sayers: Just
fine? What...? [Nina starts crying and
embracer Erica] Erica Sayers: Oh,
sweetheart! Oh, you tell me about it.
Erica Sayers: You're
working yourself too hard. We all have off days. Nina Sayers: If
that girl hadn't barged in. Erica Sayers: I'm
sure she didn't mean to. Remember when you first started? I hadn't
taken you to each of your classes you would have been completely lost. Nina Sayers: I'm
gonna talk to him tomorrow. I'm gonna tell him I finished it. Erica Sayers: You
don't need to lie. It won't convince him one way or the other. [Nina lies down on her
bed] Erica Sayers: Oh,
sweetheart. I know it's disappointing and when you start getting older
there's all this ridiculous pressure. God knows I understand. But it's
all right. No matter what.
probably get to dance the Pas de Quatre again. That's such a wonderful
part. Or maybe he'll make you a Big Swan. Either way, you'll shine. Nina Sayers: I
know. [Erica starts stroking
Nina's hair] Erica
will be better in the morning. It always is. Sweet girl.
Nina Sayers: I
just wanted to tell you that I practiced the coda last night and I
finished. [Thomas doesn't say
anything but just gives her 'so what' look] Nina Sayers: I
thought you should know. Thomas Leroy: Okay,
Nina, listen. Honestly, I don't care about your technique. You should
know that by now. Nina Sayers: Yeah,
but yesterday... Thomas Leroy: No.
Anyway, I've already chosen Veronica. So... [he walks
over and opens the door to his office] Nina Sayers: Okay,
[just as Nina is about
to leave walk out the door he closes the door
stopping her] Thomas Leroy: That's
it? You're not going to try and change my mind? You must have thought
it was possible. Otherwise, what are you doing here all dolled up? Nina Sayers:
I came to ask for the part. Thomas Leroy: Well,
the truth is, when I look at you, all I see is the White Swan. Yes,
you're beautiful, fearful, fragile. Ideal casting. But the Black Swan,
it's a hard fucking job to dance both. Nina Sayers:
I can dance the Black Swan too. Thomas Leroy:
Really? In four years, every time you dance, I see you obsess,
getting each and every move perfectly right. But I never see you lose
yourself. Ever. All the discipline, for what? Nina Sayers: [quietly] I just
want to be perfect. Thomas Leroy: You
what? Nina Sayers: I
wanna be perfect.
Thomas Leroy: Perfection
is not just about
control. It's also about letting go. Surprise yourself so you can
surprise the audience. Transcendence. And very few have it in them. Nina Sayers: I
think I do have it in me... [suddenly he kisses her
hard and then jerks away in pain] Thomas Leroy: Aahh!
You bit me! I cannot...I can't believe you bit me! Nina Sayers: I'm
sorry. [she opens his office
door and walks out] Thomas Leroy: Now,
that fucking hurt!
[as the dancers all go
to find out what parts they've been cast in Swan Lake] Nina Sayers: Veronica.
Congratulations [Veronica does a little
triumphant smile thinking she has the part and walks off to find out
for herself but suddenly returns] Veronica: Hey,
why would you say that? Hmm? You're idea of some sick joke? Nina Sayers:[confused] What? Veronica: Fuck
you! [she storms away]
[in the theater bathroom
stall talking on her cell phone] Nina Sayers: Hi. Erica Sayers: What
is it? What's wrong? Nina Sayers: I'm
fine. Um...he picked me mommy. [Erica doesn't answer] Nina Sayers: Did
you hear me? Erica Sayers: For
Swan Lake? Nina Sayers: I'm
gonna be the new Swan Queen. [Erica responds with
excitement over the phone] Nina Sayers: Well,
um...I'll be home soon. I just wanted to let you know. Erica Sayers: I
love you. Nina Sayers: I
love you too. [she hangs and cries in
excitement. She comes out of the bathroom stall to suddenly see the
word 'WHORE' written on the mirror in lipstick]
Erica Sayers: My
daughter, the Swan Queen! [Nina runs to Erica and
Erica Sayers: It's
our favorite, vanilla with strawberry filling. [Erica starts cutting
into the cake she's bought] Nina Sayers: Oh,
mum not too big. Oh, that's way, way too much! Erica Sayers: It's
a celebration! It's just this once. Nina Sayers: Mom,
my stomach's still in knots. [Erica's face suddenly
hardens] Erica Sayers: Fine.
Fine. Then it's garbage. [she takes the cake to
the kitchen and opens the garbage can] Nina Sayers: No.
Mom, don't! I'm sorry! [Nina smiles and Erica
closes the garbage can, her face softens again] Erica Sayers: I'm
just...I'm just so proud of you. Nina Sayers: It
looks so yummy.
[to Nina after
she's finished her rehearsal dance] Thomas Leroy: Thank
you, Nina. It's very nice. Very nice. But I knew the White Swan
wouldn't be a problem. The real work will be your metamorphosis into
her evil twin and I know I saw a flash of her yesterday. So get ready
to give me more of that bite.
[Nina's watching Lily
dance in rehearsal when Thomas comes up behind her] Thomas Leroy: Watch
the way she moves. Imprecise but effortless. She's not faking it.
[at the fundraiser gala,
Thomas leads Nina to top of the staircase and hands her a glass of
champagne] Thomas Leroy: Ready
to be thrown to the wolves? We need their cash, so please don't forget
to smile. [he turns and speaks to
the crowd below] Thomas Leroy: Ladies
and gentlemen, please may I have your attention! Good evening. Let me
make this very important announcement. You all have had the chance and
the privilege to be enchanted, transported, and even sometimes
devastated by the performances of this true artist of our company.
She's been a crucial inspiration to my work, a role model to all
dancers and even more than that, a deeply appreciated presence our
stage. You all know who I'm talking about. Ladies and gentlemen, Beth
Macintyre. [the crowd claps] Thomas Leroy: But
as we all know every great career has to come to an end. Beth is
retiring at the end of the season. She will be giving her farewell
performance as Melpomene, the role she originated in my first ballet.
My little princess, we honor you, you will be greatly missed and never
forgotten. [Thomas sees Beth
quickly sneaks out of the crowd]
[after Thomas sees Beth
leave he continues addressing the crowd at the fundraising gala] Thomas Leroy: But
as we bid adieu to one star, we welcome another! We're opening our
season with my new version of Swan Lake. Taking the role of our new
Swan Queen, the exquisite, Nina Sayers. [there's a restrained
applause from the crown, then Nina hears Lily giggle] Thomas Leroy: You'll
soon have the pleasure of seeing her perform, but right now
lets raise a glass, to all of us, to Beth, to Nina, to beauty!
[in the bathroom at the
fundraising party] Lily: Hey,
it's you! I don't think we ever officially met. I'm Lily. Nina Sayers: Hi,
I'm Nina. [they shake hands] Lily: Yes,
our new Swan Queen. Here hold this. [she gives Nina her
purse and Nina watches as she takes off her stocking] Lily: Oh,
you must be so excited! Oh! Are you freaking out? Nina Sayers: Yeah. Lily: Yeah.
Aah! It's okay. I'd be losing my mind. Nina Sayers: Well,
I should get back. Lily: No!
No, no! Come on, stay! Keep me company. Nina Sayers: Excuse
me. [Nina walks out of the
[Nina is waiting in the
fundraising gala hallway] Thomas Leroy: Hey.
They tried to eat you alive, but here you are. You did well. Nina Sayers: Really? Thomas Leroy: Umhumm.
Where are you going? Nina Sayers: Upper
West Side. Thomas Leroy: Stop
at my place for a drink. It's on the way.
[Beth suddenly sneaks up
behind Nina in the fundraising gala hallway] Nina Sayers: Beth!
I'm so sorry to hear you're leaving the company. Beth Macintyre:
Aah! What'd you do to get this role? Huh? He always said you were such
a frigid little girl. What did you do to make him change his mind? Did
you suck his cock? Nina Sayers: Not
all of us have to. Beth Macintyre: You
fucking whore! You fucking little whore! [Thomas walks towards
them] Thomas Leroy: Woh,
woh, woh! What's going on here? Beth Macintyre: Hey,
hey. I need to talk to you. Thomas Leroy: I
think you've drunk.... Beth Macintyre: I
need to talk to you! Thomas Leroy: I
think you should go home. Beth Macintyre: No!
Don't you do that! Don't you dismiss me like that! Thomas Leroy: Beth,
my little princess. Please, hold it together. [he walks over to Nina] Thomas Leroy: Come
on. [Thomas and Nina start
to walk away] Beth Macintyre: I'm
coming by later. I have something for you. It's a token of my
appreciation. Thomas Leroy: Right. Beth Macintyre: You
make the most of it, Nina!