Black Narcissus (1947)
was creative through it’s art direction, the way
used the use of matte paintings gave almost made it feel like certainscenes were real just as
Joseph Jon Lanthier
‘The claustrophobic art direction by Alfred Junge similarly, though more violently, enforces theenvironment's boundaries and brings the runaway bodily needs of the sistersinto sharper focus. Vast cubicles of matte paintings seem both deep enough toget lost in and flat enough to echo screams of fright and pleasure for years’ (Lanthier 2010)
A great example of the use of matte paintings shows in theimage below when the nuns stand by the edge of the cliff ringing the bell, thewhole cliff and forest is a matte painting, the great use of the perspective andamount of detail put into the paintings really made it seem the nuns were onan actual mountain.Figure 02.
Ringing bell for start of the day