The Los Angeles Times interviews Gillian Murphy and David Hallberg after having see the film Black Swan:
Q: As professionals, is it difficult to watch ballet-themed movies that are aimed at general audiences?
GM: Ballet movies in general have a lot of stereotypes, but I’ve enjoyed many of them. I would like to see a dance movie that is more realistic. One of my favorite films of all time is “The Red Shoes.” It has great performances and amazing cinematography. It asks the question of how can a dancer experience and portray greatness onstage and also have a full personal life — and as a woman, have kids and get married. In this day and age, people do it all the time.
DH: It’s hard to be objective as a dancer seeing a dance film. Once they start talking “ballet talk” in a movie, you know it is geared toward a general audience, which I can understand. There’s a sense of generality that dancers pick up on. … But there’s such a diversity of movies out there. “Center Stage” was very bubbly — the pop side of ballet. “Black Swan” is, of course, completely different.