• JamesSpaderPorn

    ★★★★ Watched by JamesSpaderPorn 07 Dec, 2016

    This movie is gorgeous, dated yet endearing, and intriguing from beginning to end. I loved Deborah Kerr and Kathleen Byron (they looked really, really pretty as nuns). In fact, all the actresses, even at their silliest, were excellent. For 1947, the quality of the film is stellar.


  • Aaron Hendrix

    ★★★★ Watched by Aaron Hendrix 04 Dec, 2016


    Black Narcissus is about control. Control of culture, control of peoples, control of an environment, control of history, and, most vitally, control of desires. A quintet of nuns move into an old palace tucked away in the vast expanses of the Himalayas and attempt to remodel it into a school/convent for the locals.

    As the nuns remodel the palace into a convent, they narcissistically look down upon the locals - remarking on their smell and inability to speak or…


  • Rohith Varma

    Watched by Rohith Varma 04 Dec, 2016

    first impressions:felt like a dream where you dream about eating food and the taste you taste is what you remember of its taste, i enjoyed it as a testament to the rococo implications of cinematic form - ten to one you'll never be able to point your finger and say "these are the thematic/textual concerns." whatever goes on for the first half of so gets re-conceptualized into a radically opposite formal ecosystem that retains no vestiges whatsoever of the smells…


  • J

    ★★★★ Watched by J 03 Dec, 2016

    prairie madness and compelling, dangerous sentimentality. shocking: nuns are also humans; faith shakens in haunting, beautiful cinematography.


  • Craig Dawson

    ★★★½ Rewatched by Craig Dawson 28 Oct, 2016

    After opening a convent in the Himalayas, five nuns encounter conflict and tension - both with the natives and also within their own group - as they attempt to adapt to their remote, exotic surroundings.

    I've seen this once before, and due to it's reputation was a little underwhelmed. I liked it more this time around, but I still can't get onboard it's status as a classic. It looks fantastic, possibly the best looking film ever made at that point. It does get a little creepy but more so a bit unintentionally humorous.

    It's worth watching to appreciate it's place in cinema history.


  • Liam Fogarty

    ★★★★½ Watched by Liam Fogarty 26 Nov, 2016

    Dark psycho-drama, and one that feels both ahead of it's time and also timeless. Black Narcissus is a gorgeously helmed film tackling the darkest of desires and the torment birthed from surpression and regret which boils to an electrifying horror-oriented finale.

    A convent sends four of their nuns to a remote palace in the Himalayas to create a school and sacturary for the locals to teach them English ways and Christian values towards the end of the British Empire. However…


  • ReCreation

    ★★★★½ Watched by ReCreation 23 Nov, 2016

    "All wind and no sex make Nuns something something..."

    "Go crazy?"

    "Don't mind. If I DO!"


  • Thomas Stautland

    ★★★★½ Watched by Thomas Stautland 20 Nov, 2016

    The west very much so meets the east, resulting in an examination of the mutations that have taken place in seeking the spiritual with western progress. By the very same means we have lost exactly that contact with nature and are no longer a part of it. Attempts at reverting back to our roots, quite clearly, leads to farce more often than not. As we leave the elemental palaces, that so sincerely pay homage to humanity, we realize that there…


  • Neil Cronin

    ★★ Watched by Neil Cronin 19 Nov, 2016

    I very much enjoyed watching this film, but there is not much to it.

    It's beautiful and very well put together, but all the enjoyable aspects of it are skin-deep. The broad humor and thinly veiled eroticism fall flat for me. The story has barely any human consequence beyond the contrived plot points.

    You can easily see the imprint that this film left on David Lynch.

    We saw a 35mm print. It was rough in places, but mostly fine.


  • Lee Gaze

    ★★★ Watched by Lee Gaze 16 Nov, 2016

    Beautiful to look at but lacks depth and has some pretty shoddy performances.


  • Lee Gardner

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Lee Gardner 13 Nov, 2016

    The unfortunate colonial racism gets more and more ugly as the years go by, but the film itself gets better every time I see it.


  • aaronberry

    ★★★ Watched by aaronberry 13 Nov, 2016

    Dear Hollywood, and every other film industry outside the States: bring back matte paintings. If artists today could replicate the artificial vistas in this film, we'll have something more powerful than any CGI background these days. The color cinematography could use a return as well. Predating the operatic visual storytelling of Sirk, Bava and Argento, every shade, light and shadow furthers the story and drives its changing moods up until the intense final act. On the whole, it's a masterpiece…