Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!
Recently I went on a bit of a Powell & Pressburger kick and finally saw many of their classics, including today’s featured film: Black Narcissus. My personal favorite of their work so far is A Matter of Life and Death starring David Niven, but there’s no denying Black Narcissus’ stature as a masterful piece of storytelling.
Not only is Jack Cardiff’s cinematography some of the best combination of lighting and gorgeous Technicolor film stock ever captured, but Powell & Pressburger’s tale of isolation and its effect on the minds of a convent of nuns in the Himalayas is captivating. I found I could never figure out where the movie was headed, especially when it started to enter a very thriller/horror mode toward the end.
It’s an amazing film, as are much of Powell & Pressburger’s work from this time period. Seek it out if you haven’t seen any of ‘em.
Today's shot features one of the more famous set pieces from the movie, the ringing of the bell. Check it out below!
Thanks to Criterion for putting out the awesome Blu-Ray and for digging up a ton of great BTS shots from the movie! Click here to see a bunch more from Black Narcissus!
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Tomorrow’s behind the scenes pic is up for a nice game of chess!