Black Narcissus (London 1948, David Farrar, Deborah Kerr)

Black Narcissus

Controversial at the time of its release, this adaptation of Rumer Godden’s book Black Narcissus became a Technicolor classic (note the Academy Award-winning production design and color cinematography).

Anglican nuns attempt to establish a religious society in the Himalayas, but Sister Clodagh (Deborah Kerr), Sister Ruth (Kathleen Byron) and the others find it more challenging than they imagined. The local community and climate prove troublesome enough, but the arrival of a handsome British agent (David Farrar) fills the nuns’ minds with lustful thoughts.

Filming for Black Narcissus took place in England and Ireland. The wide Himalayan exteriors were all shot at the studio with the use of hanging miniatures and matte paintings.

Cast: David Farrar, Deborah Kerr, Esmond Knight, Flora Robson, Sabu, Jean Simmons, Kathleen Byron,

Writers, Directors and Producers: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Director of Photography: Jack Cardiff
Editor: Reginald Mills
Composer: Brian Easdale
Production Designer: Alfred Junge

UK / London Films / 100 minutes / 1948

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