• Jacob Gehman

    ★★★½ Added by Jacob Gehman

    I have mixed feelings on this--I manically swing from thinking it is a 5 star enterprise, to remembering that there were many stretches which felt relatively common (hint: "common" in this context means "bland").

    Visually Black Narcissus is great. The part I struggled with was the somewhat normal ("bland") cast of characters. Not that they were horrible--and many of them had some great moments. But I don't think those moments as a whole were enough to completely give them a…

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  • Cameron Wayne Johnson

    ★★½ Watched by Cameron Wayne Johnson 20 Oct, 2014

    Finally, Greek mythology goes blaxploitation, y'all! Where the original Narcissus was turned into a flower, Black Narcissus gets turned into cannabis, right? Well, I'm very sorry about that, because that was offensive to black people, Geek-I mean, Greek mythology buffs, and film historians, because this film is white enough when you take out of consideration that it predates the blaxploitation era. To have "Black" in its title, this film sure was blowing minds back in 1947 with its vibrant color…

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  • Christopher Runyon

    ★★★★ Watched by Christopher Runyon 16 Oct, 2014

    Feels unbelievably dense, as if I'd only scratched the surface with just one viewing. May need to see this again before I feel I have a full handle on what I just watched, but it's mysterious and intoxicating and gorgeous to look at on the big screen.

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  • Cr8tive

    Watched by Cr8tive 13 Oct, 2014

    Interesting critical look at religion and organizational colonialism, the "narcissism" of the British Empire in particular. The nuns are representative of the most human traits of those who seek to live spiritual lives: pride, carnal desire,

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  • Glorbes

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Glorbes 13 Oct, 2014

    I'm just a guy that likes movies, and I doubt I have anything new to offer in terms of insight into this film, but I have now watched it 3 times, and each viewing has increased my love and admiration for it. Denying ourselves humanity, imposing our will on nature, and the struggle to maintain sanity are all things that are explored in the Archers film, as well as a palpable eroticism that is wonderfully suggested at every turn. And…

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  • ab

    ★★★½ Watched by ab 11 Oct, 2014 4

    Part of the TSPDT 25% Challenge

    A great deconstruction of the suppressed desires within the monastic community, with a great performance by the stunning Deborah Kerr.

    And David Farrar is objectively the epitome of manliness

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  • ramblingdaniel

    ★★★½ Watched by ramblingdaniel 11 Oct, 2014

    Undoubtably a cinematic feat (especially in the final 20 minutes) but I found the uneven tone, odd pacing and melodramatic style unfortunately alienating.

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  • Andrew Bemis

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Andrew Bemis 20 Sep, 2014

    While I liked Black Narcissus when I saw it years ago, seeing it on Blu-ray was a totally different experience; it's gone to the top of the list of movies I'd gladly travel to see on 35mm. The use of color here is amazing even by Powell and Pressburger's usual high standards; a simple reveal of a red dress late in the film is one of the most erotically charged moments I've ever seen in a movie. "Best Nunsploitation movie…

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  • Timmy Semenza

    Added by Timmy Semenza

    I stumbled on this lovely gem of a film while watching a Deborah Kerr marathon on TCM in my senior year at UConn. It was accompanied by "The Innocents" and "The End of the Affair," the latter of which was quite dull.

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  • Billy Housh

    ★★★½ Watched by Billy Housh 29 Sep, 2014

    The use of colour in this film made me nauseous in what I want to say is a good way but I'm still not sure.

    "Finish the beating and begin to feel like a man. AHAHA HA HAA!!" - Angu Ayah

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  • Dragonknight

    ★★★★★ Watched by Dragonknight 26 Sep, 2014 2

    Film #29 of Project 40

    ”Remember, the superior of all is the servant of all.”

    To put it simply Black Narcissus is about failure. About limitation. About arrogance. About madness. It was a terrifying experience to tell you the truth. On the surface it is a gorgeously shot movie with sharp colors and beautiful scenery but beneath this dazzling superficial layer lies a petrifying world of carnal desires, verbal threats and mental confusion with characters who are haunted by their…

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  • Pete Laurie

    ★★★ Watched by Pete Laurie 07 Aug, 2014

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

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