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At Venice, “Black Swan” premiered on the big screen at the Lido’s glitzy Casino, the first billing in a rare opening night triple-header along with Andrew Lau’s “Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen,” and Robert Rodriguez’s “Machete” _ both playing out of competition.

“Machete,” the story of a border vigilante starring Danny Trejo, along with Jessica Alba as an FBI agent tackling illegal immigration, started out as a faux trailer, and then was expanded into a feature-length film after audiences responded with enthusiasm.

Rodriguez said the appeal was in seeing a Hispanic character portrayed as a super hero, played by Trejo, a character actor who has appeared in 179 films.

“Danny should have been the lead all along. He just was never given the opportunity,” Rodriguez said.

“Black Swan” is one of 23 films, one still unannounced, vying for the Golden Lion, which will be awarded Sept. 11.