Black Narcissus

"Very Good"

Black Narcissus Review


Widely hailed as one of the most beautiful films ever shot, Black Narcissus is a strange tale of Anglican nuns who establish a convent in an extremely remote region of the Himalayas. Obviously not a great idea, but weird locals, altitude sickness, and sketchy personal pasts all conspire against the gals. To be sure, the cinematography of Narcissus -- notably an ending that must have stuck in Hitchcock's mind for decades -- is to die for, utterly pioneering for its time and deserving of its two Academy Awards (art direction and cinematography), but its story has never totally grabbed me. Sure, women of the cloth might have demons in their pasts. Doesn't everyone? The ending is chilling, but the subplots fall flat, including two about a local wild-woman and a studious boy who wants to learn everything there is to know. Should've stuck to those crazy nuns.


Black Narcissus

Facts and Figures

Run time: 100 mins

In Theaters: Monday 1st December 1947

Budget: $424 thousand

Distributed by: Universal International Pictur

Production compaines: The Archers

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 100%
Fresh: 26

IMDB: 8.0 / 10

Cast & Crew

Starring: as Sister Clodagh, as Mr. Dean, as Sister Philippa, as Sister Ruth, as The Young General, as Kanchi, as Sister Honey, as Sister Briony, as The Old General, May Hallatt as Angu Ayah, Eddie Whaley Jr. as Joseph Anthony, Shaun Noble as Con, as Mother Dorothea, Ley On as Phuba

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