Monday, September 10, 2012

194. Black Narcissus

Black Narcissus
Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger

So I practically begged my sister to watch this one with me (I mean, any film with a creepy nun is good, right?).  She ended up hating it, though.  Oops.  Not the first time I have made a movie choice faux pas.

Well, in any case, I am very neutral about this movie.  On the one hand, it is a very beautiful movie; it is no wonder that it won an Oscar for best cinematogrophy.  Maybe it is because I have been watching so many black and white movies lately but everything just pops.  I can only imagine what it was like for the audience back then.

To put it very basically, the film deals with nuns and their sexual frustration, which tends to make them go a little crazy (see scary photo above).  Quite an interesting topic to cover but I found myself not quite...convinced.  Maybe it was because the director's probably know nothing about the subject themselves.  They just didn't seem to capture it well; I just didn't feel the emotions that the characters were supposed to be feeling.  Maybe I am just too picky.

Overall, pretty but not much below the surface.  Much like the guys I have liked in the past.

RATING: ***--

Interesting Facts:

Lighting and color palette was inspired by Vermeer.

Scenery was all created by the studio.  Kind of a let down but still cool.


  1. The nun with VERY red lipstick is pretty amazing.
    I too was very disappointed that this was not filmed on location, but on a back lot.

    1. I don't remember the nun thing, which seems weird!

  2. Now, I quite like this one .. It's far too overheated (like the Nuns I guess, that's the point..).
    I seem to recall you are not overly keen on Powel & Pressburger..

  3. I remember really liking The Red Shoes.