Black Narcissus: The Imaginations of Powell and Pressburger

Dir: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Cast: Deborah Kerr, David Farrar, Kathleen Byron
100mins   1947   UK   PG   English   

Part of The Imaginations of Powell & Pressburger season at Depot. Introduced by freelance film programmer and artist, Piers Courtney.

Powell and Pressburger’s gothic masterpiece, which finds a group of nuns driven to jealousy and madness at a remote Himalayan nunnery, is one of the most radiantly beautiful of all Technicolor films.

It’s also among the most intoxicatingly sensual films ever made. Shot entirely in England, it showcases the combined creative powers of the Archers team at the absolute heights of inspiration.

- James Bell

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