Sunday, January 23, 2011

#303: Black Narcissus

1946, TSPDT Rank #154

Black Narcissus is a lurid, emotional, intense, and visually gorgeous movie about nuns bringing an extension of their order to an isolated location in the Himalayan mountains. As such a movie, it is as hard to describe as one would expect. It has some of the most beautiful cinematography of all time, and I would say it is the British Technicolor film of the '40s to match The Third Man, the British black and white film of the '40s. Some of the images in this film are extremely haunting, especially those from the final descent into madness at the end of the film, and will imprint themselves in your mind. The film is pretty thin as far as story goes, but the visuals and emotional intensity still very much carry the film. The film is considered a classic, and while its flaws stop it from reaching masterpiece status, it has an allure about it that will cause it to be remembered for as long as there is interest in film itself.

(Rating: 8/10)

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