• Rakestraw

    ★★★★ Watched by Rakestraw 28 Jul, 2014 2

    2014 Film Viewing Resolution #16

    "That's terrible bell placement right there." - My thoughts towards the beginning

    Black Narcissus turned out to be the weakest of the Powell & Pressburgers I've seen so far during this endeavor. This is mostly due to the storyline's propensity for jumping around, occasions of bewildering hyperdevelopment and/or losing interest in other characters. The narrative seems to skip ahead, along with skipping over certain personality changes in the characters, and then picking things back up with…


  • thepissoff

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by thepissoff 24 Jul, 2014

    you can take your mountain movie and shove it Leni Riefenstahl


  • sprizzle

    ★★★★½ Watched by sprizzle 24 Jul, 2014

    Step off the edge of the Himalayas and float beside the nuns.

    This movie is beautiful. A shining example of an early film that decided to use color to help tell the story. The setting provides the opportunity for some of the most creative and visually inventive film techniques. It's no wonder this film cleaned up awards for Best Cinematography. The film focuses on a small village which is home to, The House of Women, set on a cliff. Coincidentally,…


  • Carson Joiner

    ★★★½ Watched by Carson Joiner 13 Jul, 2014

    "It's this place, with its strange atmosphere and new people."
    In 1947 Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, commonly known as The Archers, released Black Narcissus, one of their most psychological and wonderfully grand films. Black Narcissus tells the story of a group of nuns, played by famous British actresses Deborah Kerr, Kathleen Byron, and Flora Robson, who plan on opening a convent high in the Himalayan Mountains. As they do their best to adapt to their new surrounding they have…


  • Griffin Laking

    ★★★½ Watched by Griffin Laking 28 Mar, 2014

    Beautifully shot and surprisingly tense at moments. The writing has its iffy moments but it is very solid all around.


  • RagingTaxiDriver

    ★★★★ Watched by RagingTaxiDriver 16 Jun, 2014

    While I was watching this, I couldn't help but marvel at its technical prowess. From its vivid cinematography to its score that embodies all its ethnic atmospheres from India to Ireland, it's worth watching just for its tech work.

    Powell and Pressburger really have a knack for close-ups with incredible detail. Between this and The Red Shoes, Jack Cardiff provides some of the greatest shots I've ever seen.

    All of these aspects merited a 3.5 from me during its first…


  • Shaun Brown

    ★★★★★ Added by Shaun Brown 1

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


  • Xarnis

    ★★★★ Watched by Xarnis 04 Jun, 2014 5

    This film is an undeniable technical masterwork. Shot in scintillating technicolor by genius cinematographer Jack Cardiff, the cinematography in Black Narcissus is simply masterful. Every frame is meticulously placed, and the scenes pop off the screen. The mise-en-scene and costume design attributes to the darkening mood, as the film explores the problems with isolationism, and questions spirituality in one of the most anti-conservative religion films I've seen in a while.

    The acting is surprisingly good in its own way. Deborah…


  • BruceWayne14

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by BruceWayne14 30 May, 2014

    The climax of this film has to be the most perfectly directed sequence I have ever seen.


  • Gala Avary

    ★★★★★ Watched by Gala Avary 22 May, 2014 4

    Such a beautiful film, especially when viewed on criterion blu-ray...

    I love the symbolism in this film and the fact that it was all filmed in London ... all of the matte paintings are beautiful and you really feel like you're up there with the nuns. I'm not sure if it was my air conditioning, but whenever the wind blew through I felt a chill...


  • Jordan Horowitz

    ★★★★★ Watched by Jordan Horowitz 17 May, 2014

    Better every time I see it. The language really stuck with me, this time -- so much emotional intelligence.


  • Matt Heiser

    ★★★★½ Watched by Matt Heiser 11 Mar, 2012

    Silly, crazy nuns.