02/06/2011 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

'Black Swan's Dark, Invented New York

It's a fear familiar to the city's creative class: When you're young and have energy, ideas and looks, you lack the maturity and the power-base to make them meaningful; but by the time you've finally achieved those latter things, you've lost the energy. When is that perfect moment at which youth and energy and power collide, and you make something that's magic?

In Black Swan, director Darren Aronofsky has chosen a relatively obscure field for a study of the phenomenon--the ballet--but he couldn't have chosen much of a better one.

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