Black Narcissus (1947)

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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.




  • Black Narcissus (1947)
  • Deborah Kerr and Jean Simmons in Black Narcissus (1947)
  • Kathleen Byron in Black Narcissus (1947)
  • Deborah Kerr and Kathleen Byron in Black Narcissus (1947)
  • Jean Simmons in Black Narcissus (1947)
  • Black Narcissus (1947)

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18 February 2010 | lastliberal
| Do you see that crate? Sausages! They will eat sausages. Europeans eat sausages wherever they go.
There is no doubt that this is a beautiful movie. The cinematography in the Himalayas is breathtaking.

It is also a fascinating movie, as Deborah Kerr plays Sister Clodagh, the youngest Mother Superior in the history of the order, and charged with establishing a school and hospital in the Himalayas.

British Agent Mr. Dean, played by David Farrar, provides the sexual innuendo in a facility that was designed to be the residence of the General's harem.

With Mr. Dean in the middle, there has to be another bookend. It is Sister Ruth (Kathleen Byron), who, like Sister Clodaggh, is attracted to Mr. Dean. This attraction turns the film into a horror movie in the last 20 minutes.

The main feature of the film is the cinematography. It doesn't present much more than that as the story is rather thin. That's enough, plus the acting of Deborah Kerr to make this worth watching if you can ignore the colonialism in presenting a film on Easterners.

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