Vulture

Skip to content, or skip to search.

slideshow

Is Black Swan the Art-House Version of Showgirls?

This season, some pundits were so ready to crown Burlesque as the heir to the Showgirls camp crown that they may have missed the real contender: Darren Aronofsky's Oscar-friendly but thrillingly over-the-top art-house film Black Swan. Sure, all the breasts have been whittled down to bone and concealed in binding ballet outfits, but under its high-minded surface, Black Swan owes a feather-tip to Paul Verhoeven's exploitation classic more than Aronofsky might be willing to admit (Our own David Edelstein and Movieline's Stephanie Zacharek agree!). Fortunately, we mean all of this in a good way: Oscar season is often so dreary, and this juicy slice of straight-man camp should liven up the awards derby quite a bit. Here are eight things that Black Swan and Showgirls have in common. (Very mild spoilers contained within.)

Photo: MGM/United Artists, Black Swan: Niko Tavernise/Fox Searchlight