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Black Narcissus

Black Narcissus

DVD - 2000
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Majesty gives way to mystery, and marks a harrowing descent into madness, when a young British nun is ordered to establish a convent in the remote Himalayan mountains. Sister Clodagh (Kerr) is a serious young novitiate assigned to lead a crucial mission, with the reluctant recommendation of her Mother Superior. Together with a disparate group of nuns, Sister Clodagh will face strange peoples and customs, a harsh and unforgiving climate and a wrenching struggle with her own past that will prove the ultimate test of her devotion and faith.
Publisher: [United States] :, Criterion Collection,, [2000]
Copyright Date: ©2000
ISBN: 9780780023567
Branch Call Number: DVD
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (101 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
1.4 m/s
Laser optical,rdavf


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May 16, 2020

Enneagram '3'

Dec 16, 2019

GREAT 1947 British psychological drama film written, produced, and directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. I was a bit surprised how I became increasingly involved in the film given its base plot, but I did. The cinematography was extremely good - and the clever way the various characters each evolved in their own particular way was very engaging for me.

Dec 10, 2019

A visually beautiful film, with a plot and theme deftly woven into a coherent whole. A major character change (S. Ruth) is, well, so robotic and unbelievable. The actress who played the minor role of Kanchi is astonishingly beautiful!
The last scene is a bit odd: a yawning pony steals some of the attention!

Nov 21, 2019

A 1940's movie. Not my kind of entertainment.

Apr 18, 2018

I’m generally not a fan of films from the 40’ to the 60’s. They seem so performed and the talent was trapped into making them. But this is an exception. I’m on a Deborah Kerr binge and think she’s a very talented actress. So was Kathleen Byron as Sister Ruth: she was so unbalanced and beautiful. Well. For awhile. Can’t believe the set was back lot and painted scenes. Guess the Catholics didn’t get to spread religion everywhere.

Feb 24, 2018

the story was same old religion plastering in foreign countries;spectacular scenery man-made not actually Far East shooting but they make you impressed @ how "realism" the country the motion picture wanted you to be in. All of it was in a backlot. Story would not be something the religious order would want publicized that there order has inner turmoil as they work to spread Catholicism.
But points five cinemascope-- go out to all the magic of scenery, cinematography, make up , lighting and costume .

Sep 19, 2017

Suspenseful and understated, visually beautiful - the cinematography is complex and subtle, using color, light, and camera angle to convey the increasing tension among the characters. One of my favorite films, well worth repeated viewings.

Jan 24, 2016

Basically everything Nursebob said. Found some of the performances a little stilted, and perhaps some of the atmospheric elements don't transfer as well as they do in the novel, but the film is georgeous, and the final act certainly unnerving. Overall the film is really well played, and probably the best Powell and Pressburger film that I have seen. The dvd is also distributed through criterion, and has fairly insightful extras. Highly recommended. Kudos to the FVRL for acquiring this film.

Dec 30, 2015

A very strange and disturbing movie.....

EuSei Sep 29, 2015

Be prepared for a very, very theatrical (as in play) interpretation: this movie was made in 1947. So, if you don’t like the old ways of acting, pass on this one. The open-minded will be mesmerized by the 25 year-old Deborah Kerr’s beauty and poise. Not even a nun’s habit was able to dawn the splendor of her beauty. (Or did that white halo surrounding her actually enhanced it instead? I can’t decide it…) Par to it only the loveliness of the flowers in the (studio-created) Himalayan spring that filled the screen for a few minutes. I read somewhere that Johannes Vermeer supposedly inspired the movie colors and light. In the first scene, where the Mother Superior appears near a window, you will certainly recognize Vermeer style. According to Sarah Smith (British Film Guide), Jack Cardiff was influenced by Vermeer and Caravaggio: "They both lit with very simple light. Many painters did, but with Vermeer and Caravaggio you were very conscious of it; they really used the shadows. Caravaggio would just have one sweeping light over everything so that you were aware of the single light." The natives dress in gorgeous clothes, the colors and their vivacity a stunning and wild contrast to the nuns’ quiet and (deceivingly) monochromatic personas. A beautifully made movie which, nevertheless, the Catholic Church was justified in condemning.

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Jul 31, 2013

(Discussing the arrival of the nuns at the palace) Angu Ayah: "...What do they eat?!? How do I know what nuns eat?!?" The Old General: "I have remembered that. (He walks to the window and points out some deliverymen) Do you see that crate? ...Sausages. They will eat sausages! Europeans eat sausages wherever they go!! They will eat them when they come, and until they can tell the cook what else they want to eat."


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