January 1, 2011

Free Zone - Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman seems to be everywhere lately, and I am totally ok with that. She is by far my favorite actress and has been since I saw her performance in Garden State. What attracts me to her is the various roles she can play and how dedicated she is to giving a great performance. I was eager to see Black Swan because I had read how much training went into the ballet portion of the film. I am not a ballerina myself but she had me convinced she has been dancing for years. The movie has gained a lot of attention and I even saw in a NY Times article this week about a new spring fashion trend: ballet chic, inspired by the movie.

One thing people may not know about Natalie is she has a Harvard degree and was born in Jerusalem. Her Israeil background guided her towards what I believe is her best acting performance in Free Zone. My film professor and I share the same fondness for Natalie and he introduced me to this film which was released in 2005 and directed by Amos Gitai. The film fell under the radar in the US because the primary language is Hebrew. The video clip I linked is phenomenal, but definitely has a greater effect when watched with the entire movie and on a larger scene. The intensity of the background music (Ghad Gadya by Chava Alberstein) helps add to the drama and now I enjoy listening to it on my running playlist, haha. Since today is the first day of 2011 I can confidently say we will be seeing a lot of Ms. Portman this year.Yes! Enjoy the clip!

                                                                           Robinson, Elle

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tags #Natalie Portman #Black Swan #Free Zone #Garden State #Amos Gitai #Chava Alberstein #New York Times

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