Black Narcissus


Review: A group of Anglican nuns open up a convent in the Himalayas. Five of the nuns encounter conflict and tension.
Director: Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger
Actors: Deborah Kerr, David Farrar, Flora Robson and Jean Simmons
Year: 1947
Genre: Drama and Classic
Conclusion: 4/5
This is one of the best British films ever made. Directed by two of the most famous directors. Other films of theirs include I Know Where I’m Going and my favorite of theirs is The Red Shoes. This is definitely worth a watch. Even though this film is set in India it was actually filmed in a studio in England. At the Academy Awards in 1948 this won two Oscars. They were for Best Cinematography, Color and Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color. The same year at the Golden Globes it won Best Cinematography. Even though this is a U certificate this is not very suitable for children. Very dark and scary. I have read that when this film went through to the BBFC they took some scenes out. What scenes I do not know. This has one of the most famous scenes in it of film history. The mountain scenery is beautiful to look at and is a work of art. All of the scenery was painted by artists as this film was made before C.G. was invented. This explains the awards that it won. It is impossible to believe that it wasn’t filmed in the Himalayas. This film has an outstanding performance by Jean Simmons who plays the part of an Indian Princess. This is in one of Barry Norman’s favorite top 50 Greatest British Films  One film critic wrote “Beautiful technicolor film, with slow-moving, but intriguing plot.”


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