[Tig] Inspiration from Vermeer

Rob Lingelbach rob at colorist.org
Tue Feb 2 03:31:14 GMT 2010

I just watched Black Narcissus (1947, Technicolor) and found the  
cinematography and color appealing.  It turns out that it was shot by  
Jack Cardiff, and that Vermeer was an inspiration for the lighting and  
sets.  Quite a stunning film, with extraordinarily detailed backdrops  
(originally black and white photos, blown up and made color with  
pastel chalks).

Cardiff's career as cinematographer started in 1935 and he appears to  
have been working until a year or two before his death in 2009 at age  
95.   One year after Black Narcissus came his work on The Red Shoes.

Rob Lingelbach
rob at colorist.org

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