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The “Exaggerated” Colors of Black Narcissus (1947 and 2020)

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dc.contributor.author Street, Sarah
dc.date.accessioned 2021-12-20T14:36:45Z
dc.date.available 2021-12-20T14:36:45Z
dc.date.issued 2021
dc.identifier http://www.raco.cat/index.php/Comparativecinema/article/view/385459
dc.identifier 10.31009/cc.2021.v9.i17.02
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/49348
dc.description.abstract This article explores the correspondences and differences in terms of color design between two screen versions of Black Narcissus, a popular novel by Rumer Godden published in 1939. Conceptual approaches drawn upon include ideas of “the figural,” intertextuality and hybridity as central to understanding how Black Narcissus operates on many complex levels, arguing that color is a key expressive mode in their articulation. Powell and Pressburger’s 1947 film and a 2020 television mini-series directed by Charlotte Bruus Christensen are for the first time compared in relation to landscape and the natural environment; interior spaces; costume; race. The texts’ experimentation with color, lighting and diffusion enables boundaries between exterior and interior spaces, as well as between characters’ memories and repressed desires, to be problematized. As “end of empire” texts, the literary and screen iterations of Black Narcissus are related to postcolonial theories in which a series of hybrid, “in-between” spaces and cultural attitudes are explored.
dc.format application/pdf
dc.publisher Universitat Pompeu Fabra
dc.relation.haspart http://www.raco.cat/index.php/Comparativecinema/article/view/385459/487092
dc.rights.uri Drets d'autor 2021 Comparative Cinema
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/
dc.source.uri Comparative Cinema; Vol. 9, Núm. 17 (2021): Color Contrast. Chromatic Connections in Cinema; 10-37
dc.source.uri Comparative Cinema; Vol 9, No 17 (2021): Color Contrast. Chromatic Connections in Cinema; 10-37
dc.source.uri Comparative Cinema; Vol. 9, Núm. 17 (2021): Color Contrast. Chromatic Connections in Cinema; 10-37
dc.source.uri 2604-9821
dc.subject.other Color
dc.subject.other Colonialism
dc.subject.other Postcolonialism
dc.subject.other Powell and Pressburger
dc.subject.other Hybridity
dc.subject.other Race
dc.subject.other Costume
dc.title The “Exaggerated” Colors of Black Narcissus (1947 and 2020)
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
dc.date.modified 2021-12-19T20:46:49Z


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