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Black Narcissus

2 Ratings: 4.5
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Filmed entirely inside Pinewood Studios.      The mountain scenery was created with matte paintings, miniatures and glass shots.      An alternate ending was filmed but it was never released.

Genre: Drama
Release Date: May 26, 1947
MPAA Rating: Unrated
1 review about Black Narcissus

An Anglican nun tries to hold a nunnery together in the Himalayas.

  • Sep 19, 2009
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Black Narcissus was a film directed by the duo of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger.  Deborah Kerr stars as Sister Clodagh, an Anglican nun who has been promoted to Mother Superior of her new nunnery that's located in the Himalayan mountains.  The site is an old palace that used to house the wives of a Prince.  Sister Clodagh and the rest of the nuns have to deal with the harsh environment, the childlike natives and the local culture and customs.  Dealing with ghosts from the past, madness and isolation are all of the hardships the sisters must face each day as they try to keep the nunnery afloat.  Can Sister Clodagh remain devoted to her faith?  Will the natives accept the new residents of the Palace of Women?
How will they be able to adapt to the new environment and what is the meaning of the title?  You'll find out these answers when you check out Black Narcissus.  Sabu, Jean Simmons (as a mute Indian girl) David Farrar and Kathleen Byron (who looks a lot like Anne Heche) co-star in this beautifully filmed technicolor marvel.

A unique film that deals with a lot of issues such as outsiders trying to deal with an alien surroundings, ghosts from the past haunting present day lives, inability to adjust to local customs and views and isolation and loneliness.  I have to recommend this film because it's a very interesting look at life in India during English occupation and the Anglican Church's role in it. 

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