• Kyle Marshall

    ★★★★½ Watched by Kyle Marshall 24 May, 2016

    Culture shock distilled. I had no idea this would end up being a thriller but it was so perfectly structured, looking back on it. Deborah Kerr also demonstrates that she's one of the most versatile actors ever. I especially appreciate that both religious practices featured in the film are depicted as equally valid while maintaining that religion is important for those who give it importance, a very grounded outcome for a film that is, to use its own term, "exaggerated."

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  • Spooky Erin

    ★★★★★ Watched by Spooky Erin 21 May, 2016

    My favorite part was anytime Mr. Dean entered the scene on one of those little ponies.

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  • Sean Curley

    ★★★★½ Watched by Sean Curley 19 May, 2016

    Nobody was doing more interesting things with Technicolour in the 1940s than the British directing duo of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, whose various collaborations from the period are all virtuoso cinematographic works. Black Narcissus deservedly collected the Oscars for Cinematography and Art Direction for its superb depiction of an isolated Indian convent-school, where a small band of nuns is increasingly drawn away from their cloistered life into the tumult of emotions and entanglements they had tried to leave behind.…

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  • billrob23

    Watched by billrob23 20 May, 2016

    Eating your peas. Sometimes I feel like I am eating my peas when I watch a movie I have been told or heard was a great one. I hold my nose and watch.
    The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeois is a good example. The English Patient is another. Hooey. No more.
    I watched an hour of Black Narcissus. There were forty more minutes to go. I turned it off. If you can't keep me interested after an hour, then that's…

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  • Matt Hoff

    ★★★★ Watched by Matt Hoff 18 May, 2016

    I think I need to watch again to fully realize the depth of Black Narcissus―there's just something about those mountains, the Himalayas. The flashbacks. The isolation. The faces. The impeccable set design. The identity crises. This film took me somewhere, yet I just can't put my finger on it. But damn, is it something.

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  • Heath

    ★★★★½ Added by Heath 2

    "I don't love anyone!"

    The most erotic film about nuns you could ever see. That's not to say this is a steamy flick from the forties, but it's the lust that lies repressed beneath those white robes that makes the film so suggestive. Examined is the conflict of the heart with that of religious duties and custom, and each nun deals with the tension differently. The climactic final scenes with Sister Ruth are so perfectly chilling. Plus, virtually every shot is worth framing on a wall. Magnificent color picture. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful...

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  • ArizonaJim

    ★★★★½ Added by ArizonaJim

    Order/disorder. Repression/desire. (Yes, it’s all about sex.) This is the classic territory of melodrama, and Black Narcissus is surely the great British melodrama. But the British critical establishment prized social realism and Black Narcissus was not much liked (Rummer Godden hated it), and even in the 1960s when Raymond Durgnant wrote what was perhaps the first study to take Michael Powell seriously (Movie 14), he was dismissive of Black Narcissus. It is since the 1970s, when melodrama began to gain…

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  • Ruby Wu

    ★★★½ Added by Ruby Wu

    A great film about adapting to changes, problems closer to you than you'd think feat. Gene Simmons in brownface. It's an experience and doesn't go the way you'd think a story about five nuns in a foreign environment would go

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  • Jacob

    ★★★★★ Added by Jacob

    "May I congratulate you on the birth of Jesus Christ?"

    When your world falls apart, abandon the world. Purge yourself of the parts that let you down. Religion is supposed to help a person make sense of life, but you can do better. You can put a stranglehold on life- life, death, religion, sex- you can make the world what you want it to be.

    When Sister Clodagh goes outside to ring the bell at the end, it is her…

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  • Adrienne Rozzi

    ★★★★ Rewatched by Adrienne Rozzi 14 Jan, 2016

    This is one of those movies I watch when I want to remove myself from everything in my life. A small group of nuns are sent to the Himalayas to open a convent for which they experience a lot of tension from the natives. It is a story of their struggle adapting and the power nature exerts upon them causing all of their hidden desires to resurface. As much as I frown upon religion there are some interesting themes at work here regarding nature vs. nurture.

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  • Lionel

    ★★★★½ Watched by Lionel 07 Apr, 2016

    This is still, and probably will always be, a crazy experience. Unfortunate casting aside, this is the kind of perfection that is rarely achieved and really stunning to see; a film that is not only visually breathtaking for its entire running time, but also emotionally engaging, dramatically intricate, and genuinely intense.

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  • Jeff Howard

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Jeff Howard 05 May, 2016

    Jack Cardiff color cinematography is unrivaled in film history.

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