Whiplash vs. Black Swan — The Anatomy of the Obsessed Artist

Lessons from the Screenplay undertakes a side by side analysis of Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash and Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan. Both films tell the tale of an artist seeking greatness, who must first endure suffering and sacrifice. In this video essay Lessons from the Screenplay examines the structural similarities used in each film to tell the story of a similar protagonist: the obsessed performer.



Character Studies

Natalie Portman

Side by Side

Psychological Drama

Psychological Thriller

Darren Aronofsky

Black Swan