Moreover, “Black Narcissus” film has marvellous matte paintings. As Keiser says in his review:
Near the end of the movie, when the Sister Ruth gives in into her desire. She dresses up in red dress and puts on a red lipstick in front of Sister Clodagh, showing to her that she won’t follow spiritual rules and won’t stay pure.(Fig.6) As Brussat explains this in his review: ‘There is the sexual arousal of Sister Ruth who casts aside her habit and puts on a red dress and thick red lipstick in her bid for Mr. Dean's affections.’ (Brussat, 2010).The red lipstick and dress is a visual symbol of the sexual desire that Sister Ruth feels. As she gets rejected by handsome Mr. Dean, her jealousy for Clodagh furiously rises. The viewer is put in her perspective and can see through her eyes. The screen rapidly floods with bright red colour.(Fig.7) At that moment, Ruth realizes the only way to release this anger is to kill her rival, Sister Clodagh.Throughout the film, Sister Ruth drastically changed from being a nun to fatal beast controlled by her despite.
|Fig.7 Sister Ruth view|
All in all, “Black Narcissus” has a tricky plot with hidden sensual meaning in it. Despite of the complex scenes in this film, it should be definitely watched if not for the plot, then obviously for the visual aspects which are overwhelming satisfying and breathtaking.
Brussat M. A. (2005) http://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/films/films.php?id=20119 (Accessed on 29/112016)
Ebert R. (2010) http://www.rogerebert.com/far-flung-correspondents/black-narcissus-which-electrified-scorsese (Accessed on 29/112016)
Keiser A. (2010)http://filmreviewsnsuch.blogspot.co.uk/2010/05/black-narcissus.html (Accessed on 29/112016)
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3 Fig. http://filmsofthefifties.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Black-Narcissus-Cliff-Top.jpg
4 Fig. http://static1.1.sqspcdn.com/static/f/709071/27037600/1463948286890/black-narcissus-climax.png?token=MVSLfarslCKNduMPhR4Ptuqxl3o%3D
5 Fig. http://9502-presscdn-0-95.pagely.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/scene-from-black-narcissus.jpg
6 Fig. http://image.glamourdaze.com/2012/09/1940s-lipstick-Kathleen-Byron-in-Black-NarcissusC.jpg
7 Fig. https://okinawaassault.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/blacknarcissus11.jpg