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Black Narcissus (1947) Poster

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Continuity 

Two similar Christian religious statues are shown in the convent in the film. One is on the floor in the blue room where Dean first meets Sister Clodagh to talk business. It is hidden behind the nuns where they enter to speak to Dean. Another very similar statue, but bearing a cross (possibly St Faith), is shown next to Dean as he converses with Sister Clodagh. It has some packing material (straw) on it (19:02). Later on, this second statue is shown being unpacked from its crate by Dean and a servant to be placed above the doorway leading to the yard (27:27).
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(at around 1h 35 mins) Sister Ruth picks up Mr. Dean's pipe, which is 'smoking', from an ashtray. She walks away, still holding the pipe, and the ashtray continues to emitting trails of smoke.
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At 38:21, the way Clodah holds the pole changes.
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From 57:29 to 1:00:03, the glass of water is next to the short square black object, except when seen at 57:53 and 59:38.
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Crew or equipment visible 

During a shot of the Himalayan mountains, stagehands can be seen standing and walking about behind the scrim on which the mountains are painted.
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At 30:34, camera shadow on the urn to the left.
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Errors in geography 

An Australian kookaburra is heard laughing in a bamboo forest in the Himalayan foothills.
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Factual errors 

(at around 1 min) There is a statue of the crucified Christ, complete with the requisite wounds. however, the wound on his chest is on the wrong side - it is always shown on the left side; this one is on the right. Note that this is merely an artistic convention; the Bible (Jn 19:34) does not mention which side was pierced.
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Revealing mistakes 

Near the beginning the bell for the future school and infirmary is rung. As the bell swings forward towards the viewer it partially disappears behind some scenery that depicts landscape which is supposed to be behind the bell.
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