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  • By John DeCarli
    July 11, 2011
    02:46 PM

    So, for that last photo, they must have had a matte painting below to get the famous vertiginous shot, right?
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  • By David Hollingsworth
    July 11, 2011
    03:16 PM

    These are some wonderful behind-the-scenes photos from one of the stunningly sensual, psychological films ever made.
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  • By Kurt James Cassidy
    July 11, 2011
    04:40 PM

    There is nothing more exhilarating than looking at the production process of a film, especially one of such grandeur.
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  • By josiah may
    July 11, 2011
    04:48 PM

    One of my all time favorite films. Just magnificent. Have it in my collection.
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  • By Steve_Crook
    July 11, 2011
    07:48 PM

    > John DeCarli > > So, for that last photo, they must have had a matte painting below to get the > famous vertiginous shot, right? Yes John, a matte painted by Peter Ellenshaw. They used all the tricks available, mattes, hanging miniatures, B&W photos of the Himalayas touched up with pastels and tilted to catch the English sun acting as backdrops - and lots of other tricks that they made up on the spot. They were an amazing team of artists and technicians at the top of their game Steve
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  • By LJ
    July 13, 2011
    02:25 PM

    Wonderful production photographs of Black Narcissus. This is one of my favorite films in the collection and it's fun to see the actors behind the scenes so to speak. The photo of Jean Simmons and May Hallatt is a treasure.
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  • By minxfilms
    July 19, 2011
    02:41 PM

    yay!!!! - thank you
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  • By Steve
    July 19, 2011
    03:24 PM

    What a beauty Deborah Kerr was; she was wonderful in the Archer's Colonel Blimp film as well. The Red Shoes is always fighting it out with Winter Light for my pick as best film ever, but, certainly, Black Narcissus is up there somewhere - and I Know Where I Am Going. Steve
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  • By Daisy
    July 19, 2011
    05:14 PM

    OMG! I have never seen these photos before. They are so wonderful! I read in Michael Powell's autobiography that the film was shot on the back lot and when you watch the film you can hardly believe it to be true; these photos show the process and the magic! I have three copies od Black Narcissus from Criterion ; the original DVD, the latest one with special features, and the Blu Ray ( for when I update my TV and player) I also have it on VHS and a home made copy taped off Bravo when it was a commercial free station (believe it or not). When I first discovered BN I went out to Book City (now gone) on Hollywood Blvd. and actually found a hard back copy of the book. I read that the author did not like the film as she felt Sabu was miscast. I love the film so much! Deborah Kerr was so underrated as an actress and Kathleen Byron is so great, too! All of the characters are so memorable and the sets, music, cinematography and direction are first rate! It's a real shame that this film did not get the recognition it diserved at the time, but we can enjoy it now. It was ahead of time, and it is now timeless! I was lucky enough to see a screening at AMPAS with Jack Clayton in attendance about a year before his death. I was too shy to ask him to autograph his book of and thinking back I could kick myself for not being so bold. I would recommend the DVD to anyone who loves great cinema! Thank you to Criterion for making this film a true treasure for us film buffs!
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  • By Dipa
    July 24, 2011
    01:58 AM

    Must see the film again now that I've had a glimpse of what went on behind the scenes. Thanks for sharing. Btw, your new profile pic looks great. What are your plans for India?
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