Black Narcissus

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"A story of exquisite yearning in a strange and beautiful land. Towering over the screen ... as the mountains that saw it happen."
  • NR
  • 1947
  • 1 hr 41 min
  • 7.7  (27,346)
  • 86

In the year 1947, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger co-directed a British movie named Black Narcissus. Based on the novel of the same title by Rumer Godden, the movie starred Deborah Kerr, David Farrar, and Flora Robson. Set in the Himalayas in the 1930s, Black Narcissus is a tale of a group of Anglican nuns who are sent to establish a convent in a former palace in a remote location. The nuns, led by Sister Clodagh (Deborah Kerr), are tasked with teaching the local children and spreading Christianity.

Sister Clodagh and her nuns are shocked to see the surroundings of the palace. High up in the mountains, surrounded by mist and with the wind howling relentlessly, the palace soon proves too much for them to handle. As they start to work towards establishing the convent, they are beset by a series of obstacles ranging from the cold weather to the treacherous paths that lead to the palace, and the local people who are skeptical of their presence in the region.

At the same time, they are also dealing with the psychological challenges of living in such an isolated place. The nuns struggle to maintain their sanity in the face of the harsh weather and the desolate beauty of the surrounding mountains.

Soon, the nuns' Christian values begin to clash with the local customs, and their faith is tested as they struggle to maintain their sense of purpose in a land that they cannot comprehend. As time goes on, the nuns start to develop feelings of lust and passion for the men who live in the region. It becomes increasingly difficult for them to keep their emotions in check as they struggle to reconcile their faith with the harsh realities of life in the Himalayas.

As the story unfolds, the nuns find themselves confronting their own inner demons as they grapple with the complexities of their new surroundings. The result is a psychological drama that explores the fragility of faith when confronted by the unthinkable, and the limits of the human spirit when confronted by a world that is both beautiful and terrible.

Black Narcissus is an immersive experience that transports the viewer to an exotic and mystical land. Powell and Pressburger succeed in creating a gripping narrative that leaves a lasting impression on the viewer. The movie's visual imagery is breathtaking, and the performances are superb. Deborah Kerr, in particular, gives a magnificent portrayal of Sister Clodagh, the nun who struggles to maintain her faith in the face of the incredible beauty and terror of the land.

Overall, Black Narcissus is a classic movie that continues to captivate audiences today. Its themes of faith, desire, and the human spirit continue to resonate with viewers of all generations. If you are a fan of classic cinema, this movie is a must-see.

Black Narcissus is a 1947 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 41 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.7 and a MetaScore of 86.

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    1 hr 41 min
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    7.7  (27,346)
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