The movie Black Swan was one of those movies that is open to interpretation.
My own take was it was kind of a metaphorical “coming of age movie.”
The protagonist was leaving behind the easy life of childhood, and embracing the harsh world of adulthood.
One of my pieces of “evidence” of this is near the end.
Where the protagonist, played by Natalie Portman is injured.
The “evidence” didn’t actually make it into the movie.
The director wanted the wound to be much closer to her lady parts.
But she said no.
So the wound was higher.
Had her wound (which resulted in red blood on a white dress) been lower, where the director wanted, it could have been a symbol of puberty.
Her first period, metaphorically.
Where she is no longer a child.
And is now an adult.
Of course, this is ONLY my interpretation.
And another cool “metaphor” that was in the movie, was a kind of meta metaphor.
While she and her ballet boss (or whatever they call those guys) were having a discussion about some “important” thing, there was a picture in the background.
A picture of an inkblot.
Those inkblots you look at and see what you see.
These “Rorschach tests” are a measure of what’s inside your brain.
So maybe the director put that picture in the movie to indicate that the entire movie was a Rorschach test.
You see and interpret whatever you want.
Based on what’s inside your brain.
So perhaps my interpretation of the “meaning” of the movie is an indication of MY own psychological makeup, rather than anything objective.
Humans are very good at this.
Adding meaning TO events that are more based on their brains that the events themselves.
More based on the memories in their brains than the events themselves.
More based on the meaning they give to the memories of previous events in their brains than the real events.
We also do this in reverse.
Somebody shows up late for a meeting.
Then we say, “I KNEW this was going to happen.”
Or a couple meets, hit it off, fall in love, get married and live happily ever after.
But they describe this first event as “love at first sight.”
Did they believe that at the time?
Your brain has a MASSIVE amount of interpretation power.
Interpretation of the past.
Interpretation of the present.
George Orwell famously said that “who controls the past controls the future.”
Usually this is expressed in a kind of dystopian future.
But why not apply it in a positive way?
Control your own past by choosing what it means.
Project that meaning out into your future.
To make it be anything you want.
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