• RobertW

    ★★★★½ Watched by RobertW 15 Dec, 2014

    Deborah Kerr <3

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  • T. Heilman

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by T. Heilman 11 Dec, 2014

    Just a few comments...

    1) The first (and best) "Nunsploitation" film ever made.
    2) Jack Cardiff's cinematography gives me an erection.
    3) Kathleen Byron is wicked hot in this too.

    That aside, among the finest of all British cinema. A film both secular and non-secular can enjoy that will reflect their separate beliefs.

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  • Henrik Løberg

    ★★★½ Watched by Henrik Løberg 06 Dec, 2014 6

    What Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger have achieved with BLACK NARCISSUS is really quite astounding. Using things such as humans, cameras, people who do things, lights, and carpenters they have managed to make a motion picture. And not just not any motion picture. Oh, no. I'm amazed at Powell and Pressburger's ability to create something of this grandeur. Did you know that everything that happened in this movie is fake? I sure didn't. I was AMAZED to find out that the nuns weren't actually people, but so-called "characters" being portrayed by humans. I think some may have used the term "acting" for it. Amazing!

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  • Bryan Colley

    ★★★★ Rewatched by Bryan Colley 05 Dec, 2014

    While visiting Seattle recently, I had the pleasure of seeing Black Narcissus in 35mm with Thelma Schoomaker, wife of the director and famed editor for Martin Scorsese. Sometimes regarded as a horror film, the movie is about English nuns who take over a Himalayan church on the edge of a giant cliff and are tempted by the raw passion of their environment - at least that's how it's meant to be read. Restrictions were so tight on the film, esp.…

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  • Simon 'Driver' Ramshaw

    ★★★★ Watched by Simon 'Driver' Ramshaw 01 Dec, 2014

    "Remember, the superior of all is the servant of all." - Mother Dorothea

    Where to begin with Black Narcissus? With the staggering aesthetic value? No, too easy. How about the thematically-rich narrative, veiled with a mist of sexual tension and wild passion, just waiting to tear through into sight? No, too difficult. What about the complex ensemble performances, forming beautiful parallels across the board? Not a good place to start. How about Powell and Pressburger?...

    Wow. These guys, man. How…

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  • Tea and a Movie

    ★★★★½ Watched by Tea and a Movie 02 Dec, 2014

    I am giving 4.5 primarily due to THAT scene. Phenomenal piece of directing and staging.

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  • Glorbes

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Glorbes 29 Nov, 2014

    Re-watched it with my mom in a double bill with The Best Years of Our Lives. She liked it, and so did I (evidently).

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  • TJ Duane

    ★★★★½ Watched by TJ Duane 28 Nov, 2014

    This Powell and Pressburger art direction dream is the tale of a bunch of Anglican nuns attempting to establish a nunnery in India. This is a story that builds from interesting moral drama (should they be there?) into a fever dream, quite literally a fever dream, which has a surprisingly intense conclusion. The film is a masterful use of cinematic techniques and tonal control, acting as another Powell Pressburger film I can't recommend enough along with The Red Shoes and…

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  • Sean Payne

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by Sean Payne 22 Nov, 2014

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

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  • Gooner

    Watched by Gooner 02 Nov, 2014

    Achingly beautiful Technicolor

    I may have come out of this film with a thing for nuns now...

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  • Joseph Brown

    ★★★★ Watched by Joseph Brown 15 Nov, 2014

    Great film, and it looks incredible. This is one I'll have to get on blu.

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  • Ricardo Zimmermann

    ★★★★★ Added by Ricardo Zimmermann

    Many things can be extracted from Black Narcissus. The most shocking one, was how an atmosphere can dominate who belongs to it, and the way of its domination was remembering their inconscient (fleshly) desires as human beings, especially Sister Ruth.

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