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Black Narcissus
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Title: Black Narcissus: The Criterion Collection
Year: 1947
Director: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Rating: NR
Length: 101 Min.
Video: Full Frame 1.33:1
Audio: English: Dolby Digital: Mono, Commentary: Dolby Digital: Mono
Subtitles: English

Deborah Kerr
Flora Robson
Jenny Laird
Judith Furse
Kathleen Byron

Plagued by uncertainties and worldly desires, five Protestant missionary nuns, led by Deborah Kerr's Sister Clodagh, struggle to establish a school in the desolate Himalayas. All the elements of cinematic arts are perfectly fused in Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's fascinating study of the age-old conflict between the spirit and the flesh, set against the grandeur of the snowcapped peaks of Kanchenjunga.

Scene Access
Audio Commentary
Feature Trailers
Production Notes
Closed Captioned

My Thoughts:
The cinematography of Jack Cardiff is quite stunning and Deborah Kerr gives a fine performance in this otherwise slow moving movie of a group of nuns trying to establish a school and hospital at an isolated site 9000 feet high in the Himalayas.  The plot is quite predictable, and the climactic scene of the movie was one that I foresaw when the first bell -ringing occurred about 15 minutes in.  Kathleen Byron provides some inspired acting and David Farrar plays a credible ne’er-do-good.  Not a bad movie for a cold, rainy day.