Black Narcissus (1947)

This a Covid-19 2020 minireview!

“[to Mr. Dean] You are objectionable when sober, and abominable when drunk!” – Sister Clodagh

Number of Times Seen – 1 (24 Aug 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A group of nuns are sent to a secluded Mountain top in India in order to establish a convent there.

Bottom Line – Interesting idea that works due to the way that the story plays out. The various nuns in this mission are quite diverse and each react very differently to the various hurdles that they face along the way. The cast is great with Deborah Kerr doing a wonderful job in the lead role. The story is able to show the ups and downs of their time in this convent because due to the climate, the local population and the various politics of the time, things are never as simple as they might have assumed. Some of the camera shots are breathtaking to watch. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Director of Photography Jack Cardiff came up with the idea of starting the rainfall end-scene by first having a few drops hit the rhubarb leaves before cueing a full-force rainstorm. He personally created the first drops with water from a cup when the scene was shot. Writer, Producer, and Director Michael Powell was so pleased with the effect that he decided to make the scene, originally the penultimate one, the closing shot. Cardiff, however, was a great fan of the original scene (which had already been shot) that was supposed to follow this one and close this movie. To his dying day, Cardiff amusingly called the opening drops of the rainfall “the worst idea I ever had”. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)


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