• Paul Lister

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Paul Lister 19 Aug, 2014

    A production by The Archers - that's Emeric Pressburger and Michael Powell to you and me - Black Narcissus is stunning cinema. I love the Technicolor of films from the 1940's, it produces such vivid colours. Colour may have been a round for a number of years by this point but it still wasn't the norm for films to use it, seeing this film or any other by The Archers must have blown people away back in those days, hell…

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  • Colonel_Dax

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Colonel_Dax 06 Aug, 2014

    There's a moment where Jack Cardiff points his camera straight down, looking at the nun ringing the bell, standing on the edge of a lush, seemingly endless abyss. That shot serves as a microcosm for the film as a whole- beautiful, thrilling, and above all, entirely captivating in a way that only the best of Archers do.

    Anchored by impeccable performances, the film is in total control of its tone, occasionally shifting from melancholy, to whimsy, to a finale that's…

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  • Ian W. Hill

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Ian W. Hill 08 Aug, 2014

    Richer and richer. Sexier and sexier. Seems shorter each time I see it, not in a rushed or bad way. Kathleen Byron gets more beautiful and terrifying. Sister Clodagh's memories become more heartbreaking. David Farrar more handsome and impotent. So unsure whether this or RED SHOES is the Archers' masterpiece. It's whatever I'm watching at the time, I guess (now watching RED SHOES)...

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  • thepissoff

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

    you can take your mountain movie and shove it Leni Riefenstahl

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  • Shaun Brown

    ★★★★★ Added by Shaun Brown 1

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

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  • BruceWayne14

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

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

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  • 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...

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  • 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.

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  • Goodwin

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Goodwin 28 Apr, 2014

    Visually stupendous tale of erotic longing and hysteria. Does not quite hit on all notes as do the very best of Powell and Pressburger, but what it does is hard to believe. It seems impossible this film was shot where it was shot. As a feat of filmmaking it is unparalleled.

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  • Anny

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Anny 22 Apr, 2014

    Nothing is sexier than a handyman riding a foal.

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  • Goodwin

    ★★★★★ Watched by Goodwin 16 Apr, 2014

    Visually stupendous tale of erotic longing and hysteria. Does not hit on all notes as do the very best of Powell and Pressburger, but what it does is hard to believe. It seems impossible this film was shot where it was shot. As a feat of filmmaking it is unparalleled.

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  • Eric

    ★★★★★ Watched by Eric 02 Apr, 2009

    In the 1940s, the British filmmaking duo of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger completed a series of masterpieces in what was their most prolific decade. Although A Matter of Life and Death can more accurately be described as the first film in which Powell, Pressburger, and cinematographer Jack Cardiff utilized color as a means of expressing the interior emotions of a character, perhaps no singular effort is more emblematic of their collective talents than Black Narcissus. As a film very…

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