• Justin 🙇🏽

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by Justin 🙇🏽 21 Aug, 2016

    you know mother dorothea plotted this whole thing out by going "which five racist nuns can i really fuck with by shipping them off to the himalayas?"

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  • Arik Devens

    ★★★★ Watched by Arik Devens 17 Sep, 2015

    Another wonderful film from Powell and Pressburger, who are quickly becoming some of my all-time favorite filmmakers. This one is a bit looser than some of the others, but just as wonderful.

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  • Leif

    ★★★ Watched by Leif 20 Aug, 2016

    If you can look around the old-timey racism scattered throughout, this film is a masterclass on lighting, staging and color.

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  • JC13

    ★★★½ Watched by JC13 20 Aug, 2016 17

    "You are objectionable when sober, and abominable when drunk!"

    This is the first film I've seen from acclaimed filmmakers Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. Black Narcissus is about five nuns who open a convent in the Himalayas where they begin to encounter conflict and tension from the natives and within their own group. The production design is excellent, as our the costumes, and the film is beautifully shot. Deborah Kerr is very good in the lead role and the rest…

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  • Arthur Tuoto

    ★★★★★ Watched by Arthur Tuoto 15 Aug, 2016

    É quase uma espécie de "Stalker": Um ambiente que gera projeções desoladoras e acaba desafiando a própria lucidez dos personagens. O que acaba, invariavelmente, refletindo sobre o própria essência de uma humanidade naquelas pessoas.

    Nesse sentido pode parecer um filme psicanalítico demais, mas com certeza ele vai muito além. Até porque a dinâmica dramática em si é absurdamente bem encenada, especialmente nessas novas relações e descobertas das freiras, tanto em relação ao espaço físico em si, como na assimilação da cultura e do elemento social. Fora aqueles flashbacks da personagem da Deborah Kerr que surgem quase que como pequenos milagres cinematográficos.

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  • 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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