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In several such shots the creation ORIGINS 27 7. Kanchi and the young General in the ‘Blue Room’ with erotic wall paintings. of a diamond-shaped frame within a frame privileged voyeuristic looks that undoubtedly add to the ﬁlm’s overall structures of suspense. 89 Junge did, however, use Godden’s description of blue walls for the central room with a sofa in the middle. It is this room where both the old General and later Kanchi admire themselves in the mirror and where Kanchi performs a sensual dance; its opulence suggests a deﬁant reminder of the palace’s past.
In both Mr Dean’s advice and Sister Ruth’s behaviour there is a warning that compromises need to be made in terms of adapting to local understanding and of not using the dispensary for motives of personal aggrandisement or a demonstration of imperialist power. Sister Ruth is the nun who is consistently represented as being dismissive of local customs, although on this occasion it is signiﬁcant that at the end of the scene Mr Dean thanks Ruth for her actions, an incident that contributes to her growing infatuation with him.
So, at the beginning of the ﬁlm we see the room ﬁlled with birdcages and birds ﬂying around before it is transformed into an oﬃce with only an overhead structure and the odd remaining bird to remind us of its former function. Junge ’s designs were striking in their imaginative conception, but departed from Godden’s image of India. 88 By contrast, Junge designed windows that were partially covered with a latticed criss-cross pattern, a device that Powell used to great eﬀect when showing characters watching people and events outside.
Black Narcissus: Turner Classic Movies British Film Guide by Sarah Street