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Black Narcissus

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Tookey's Rating
8 /10
Average Rating
9.13 /10
Deborah Kerr , David Farrar, Sabu
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Directed by: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Written by: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger from Rumer Godden's novel

Released: 1946
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: GB
Colour: C
Length: 100

Sexually frustrated nuns in the Himalayas start to question their vows of celibacy.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Powell and Pressburger deal with one of their favourite subjects, British emotional constipation, but in an unusual context. It's a film which could easily have become tasteless or merely hysterical (you only have to think of how Ken Russell approached a similar theme in The Devils), but wonderful acting (especially by Kerr and Byron) prevents the movie from straying into vulgarity. Whatever reservations there may be about the plausibility of the story, there can be none about the look of the film. Jack Cardiff's magnificent cinematography deservedly won an Oscar, as did Alfred Junge's art direction.

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