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Old 03-02-01, 06:02 PM
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Yes know, yet another Powell and Pressburger creation. I have not seen it, but I am about to buy this one too. So I wonder, if it is a good purchase. I am kind of hesitant to the religious theme of the movie. But I think I should keep an open mind here. Please help me learn what you already know about it. Thanks.
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After I saw this I really didn't want to see the movie. The blacked out text can be seen by highlighting it, if you want to. The link is where I found the information.

http://us.imdb.com/Trivia?0039192

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The much admired Himalayan scenery was all created in the studio (with glass shots and hanging miniatures). ]
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That has to be the oddest reason I have ever read for not wanting to see a movie. Some of the must stunning visuals ever achieved were accomplished by matte painters like Albert Whitlock and forced-perspective miniatures.

It's actually quite a visually striking and emotionally potent film.
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I agree with Sanjuro.
Great film! Awesome use of lights and color.
The acting is top notch, if a bit over the top in some
spots, but I thought it was great!
The extras are really good too, I haven't gone through the
whole disc yet, but what I have seen is impressive.

A must buy!
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That's what makes this film great.

The much admired Himalayan scenery was all created in the studio (with glass shots and hanging miniatures.)

That's what makes this film great. It won oscars for best cinematography and art direction.

In the documentary "Painting with Light", Jack Cardiff relates an anecdote about a citizen from India who told Cardiff" I have been to the region of India where the film had been shot", even though it was entirely filmed in the studio, except for a couple of shots outdoors on the grounds of the studio.

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An amazing film and an outstanding dvd - excellent transfer. The colors jump off the screen. The commentary with powell and scorsese(!)is a great bonus.
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This is a great film. The religious themes aren't likely to bother you, they're more likely to make the more uptight Catholics uneasy. I would have to say this is my favorite Powell/Pressburger film. Don't miss it!
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I'm agreeing with everyone who says that this film is excellent. If you view cinema as an art, you would do yourself a disservice to miss this film.
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I watched this amazing film last night and I must say it was more then well spend money to get the criterion. I am greatful for the recommendations that I have recieved, because now I have another movie that I love watching. Thanks fellows.

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You know what? You guys make me itch to get this one... seriously! It is now number 2 on my wish list, just behind Discreet Charm Criterion.

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Originally posted by Autotelik
You know what? You guys make me itch to get this one... seriously! It is now number 2 on my wish list, just behind Discreet Charm Criterion.

Discreet Charm was my favorite DVD release last year. I highly recommend it.

cheers, Tony Block
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I just watched this film. It is great!!! Use of color and light is amazing
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just picked this up in my last buying wave (along with Do the Right Thing) so am looking forward to seeing both...
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After seeing bits of it when they gave the Oscar to Jack Cardiff, I want to buy it too.
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eXcentris,

Yah, I felt that way too!! I saw those bits and immediately thought "YES, great scene!"
Especially when, and I don't want to ruin much...

Spoiler:

that lady in red suddenly appears in the door. When I saw that I just went "WoW", it really is a great shot, and her slow walk to her destination.


This really is a beautiful film, and is a must buy for
anyone even remotely interested in cinematography.

Neitzl
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Overjoyed to see that, so far, the AA broadcast of Glenn Erickson's sensational montage of Cardiff's nonpareil work seems to have piqued a more widespread interest in this milestone film, than has, as yet, evinced itself.

Did the process shots and hanging miniatures look any bit appalling in the montage?
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The Savant made that package? Coolness!

And yes, the process shots and hanging miniatures looked almost as bad as the Oscar winning effects in Gladiator. NOT!

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