• Glorbes

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Glorbes 13 Oct, 2014

    I'm just a guy that likes movies, and I doubt I have anything new to offer in terms of insight into this film, but I have now watched it 3 times, and each viewing has increased my love and admiration for it. Denying ourselves humanity, imposing our will on nature, and the struggle to maintain sanity are all things that are explored in the Archers film, as well as a palpable eroticism that is wonderfully suggested at every turn. And…

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  • Andrew Bemis

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Andrew Bemis 20 Sep, 2014

    While I liked Black Narcissus when I saw it years ago, seeing it on Blu-ray was a totally different experience; it's gone to the top of the list of movies I'd gladly travel to see on 35mm. The use of color here is amazing even by Powell and Pressburger's usual high standards; a simple reveal of a red dress late in the film is one of the most erotically charged moments I've ever seen in a movie. "Best Nunsploitation movie…

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  • Dragonknight

    ★★★★★ Watched by Dragonknight 26 Sep, 2014 2

    Film #29 of Project 40

    ”Remember, the superior of all is the servant of all.”

    To put it simply Black Narcissus is about failure. About limitation. About arrogance. About madness. It was a terrifying experience to tell you the truth. On the surface it is a gorgeously shot movie with sharp colors and beautiful scenery but beneath this dazzling superficial layer lies a petrifying world of carnal desires, verbal threats and mental confusion with characters who are haunted by their…

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  • 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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