• Justin Morales

    ★★★★★ Added by Justin Morales

    I was quite surprised and blown away by this one. Indeed the colors are strong and vibrant with this one but the camera movement and placement are just as important and worth noting. Black Narcissus is the type of film where one can tell from the get go that a lot of thought was put into this and the close attention to detail cannot be ignored.

    The Himalayas backdrop serves as a wonderment as well where it almost becomes a…

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  • Martin White

    ★★★★½ Watched by Martin White 18 Jul, 2016

    I never heard of this film before I watched it and knew very little about it. It is fantastic. The plot sounds pretty low key, a group of British nuns go from Calcutta to set up a mission in the Indian Himalayas. One has a crisis of faith, another falls for the only British man in the area.

    It certainly doesn't look like a film made in 1947 on a lot in England. The sets are lush, the backdrops beautiful…

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  • Ken Coffelt

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by Ken Coffelt 17 Jul, 2016

    There is Technicolor, and then there is TECHNICOLOR!!! And beyond that, there is TECHNICOLOR!!! in the hands of Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger, and Jack Cardiff. Especially if it’s been restored and presented by Criterion.

    The lurid lushness of over-saturated color has never been as stunningly realized as in Black Narcissus. Between A Matter of Life and Death (1946), Black Narcissus (1947), and The Red Shoes (1948), Cardiff, Powell, and Pressburger created three of the most amazing samples of Technicolor on…

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  • Paul Stanis

    ★★★★ Watched by Paul Stanis 18 Jul, 2016

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Phew, between this and Vertigo the association between nuns and falling from a height is strong...

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  • Greg Dorr

    ★★★★½ Added by Greg Dorr

    Cinematographer Jack Cardiff and art director Alfred Junge forge an awe-inspiring partnership to create scene after scene of stirring imagery and often breathtaking detail. Walter Percy Day's matte paintings for the Himalayan setting are majestic, adding a heavily stylized simulation of depth to a movie full of emotionally evocative patterns of colors and shadow. As the characters are framed within ornate sets, or under rolling banks of awesome clouds, or within the obscuring darknesses of uncertainty and doubt, nearly every…

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  • isarge123

    ★★★★½ Watched by isarge123 15 Jul, 2016

    A ravishingly shot, beautifully told tale of atmosphere and sexual repression. Only the masterful Powell & Pressburger could make the appearance of a red dress as shocking as anything in Hitchcock's oeuvre. 9.5/10

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  • Sac

    ★★ Watched by Sac 14 Jul, 2016

    Yeah I really have no idea why I even chose to watch this in the first place. I was just counting the seconds until it finished. Just a whole load of screaming about very very little.

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  • Michael Coppini

    ★★★★ Watched by Michael Coppini 14 Jul, 2016

    Shocking it was all made in England most of the characters very unlikable but the atmosphere and Deborah Kerr are excellent

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  • Matthew Keehan

    ★★★★★ Watched by Matthew Keehan 14 Jul, 2016

    Can't believe this was 1947....incredibly modern. Gorgeous film. Feast for the eyes.

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  • Dirk van Eck

    ★★½ Watched by Dirk van Eck 03 Jul, 2016

    Just like they managed with their movie The Red Shoes, directors Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger make Black Narcissus look ahead of its time, and not solely through the use of technicolour. Then they introduce a bunch of interesting things: a group of nuns that are send to a remote and almost uninhabitable location to start a convent, a holy man praying day and night at the site without ever seeming to move an inch, a rich general’s son who…

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  • ivan000

    ★★★★ Watched by ivan000 09 Jul, 2016

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  • Fiona

    ★★★★ Watched by Fiona 09 Jul, 2016

    Pure cinema

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