For those who want to stay on top of the charges that Natalie Portman's dance double, Sarah Lane, did almost all the real ballet in "Black Swan," click here for the original Entertainment Weekly coverage that started the controversy -- and, once you get there, be sure to click on director Darren Aronofsky's definitive retort.
My question is: why should you care who danced what in that movie?
I admire the way Aronofosky honors his actor (he gives Portman credit for 90% of the character's ballet stage-time), but not the fragmented way he shoots dance. He turns it into a series of jagged poses, all arms and faces and shoulders.
As I wrote at the time, he "uses off-kilter angles and prowling cameras to capture details you don't often see in ballet movies -- like the way the muscles of the back work when the dancers are extending their arms -- but he never gives you the pleasure of seeing a portion of 'Swan Lake' in all its full-bodied, lyric glory."
It's not terpsichorean and it's not very musical, either.