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Black Narcissus


Deborah Kerr, David Farrar, Flora Robson, Kathleen Byron View All


Emeric Pressburger (Director), Emeric Pressburger (Writer), Michael Powell (Director), Michael Powell (Writer) View All

Release: May 26th, 1947
Runtime: 1 hour, 40 minutes
A group of Anglican nuns, led by Sister Clodagh, are sent to a mountain in the Himalayas. The climate in the region is hostile and the nuns are housed in an odd old palace. They work to establish a school and a hospital, but slowly their focus shifts. Sister Ruth falls for a government worker, Mr. Dean, and begins to question her vow of celibacy. As Sister Ruth obsesses over Mr. Dean, Sister Clodagh becomes immersed in her own memories of love.
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mark f
Besides, one of the Archers' fave actors, Esmond Knight, is a hoot in his one scene as the local ruler ("The General") who sets the whole thing in motion by offering his palace to the nuns for free.
Most of the more iconic shots of the film feature the nuns standing on cliffs, looking into the vast horizon, perhaps farther than they're willing to look.
This is one of the few movies that has risen in my estimation the more I think about it..


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