Sabu and Jean Simmons in 'Black Narcissus'

© Estate of Fred Daniels / National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sabu and Jean Simmons in 'Black Narcissus'

by Fred Daniels
film publicity still, 1947
8 7/8 in. x 7 3/8 in. (226 mm x 188 mm) image size
Given by Terence Pepper, 2012
Photographs Collection
NPG x136610

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  • Fred Daniels (1892-1959), Film stills photographer. Artist or producer of 88 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.

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Pioneering film-stills and portrait photographer Fred Daniels worked on several Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s films, including Black Narcissus (1947), a Technicolor production with cinematographer Jack Cardiff, starring Deborah Kerr.

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Current affairs

Princess Elizabeth marries Philip Mountbatten at Westminster Abbey. Philip renounced his title of Prince of Greece and Denmark, to become Duke of Edinburgh when he married the heir to the throne.

Art and science

The first Edinburgh Festival includes performances by Kathleen Ferrier, Alec Guinness and Margot Fonteyn. The Festival is now a major annual international arts event that takes place over three weeks every August, and includes top class performers in theatre, music and dance as well as lesser-known performers who take part in the parallel 'Fringe Festival'.

International

India is granted independence from the British Empire and the former British Raj is partitioned into India and Pakistan. After various revolts and several years of civil disobedience led by Gandhi and his Quit India Movement, Britain agrees to disband the Raj and grant independence to India.
Palestine is partitioned into a Jewish State, an Arab State and a small internationally administered zone.

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