Black Narcissus

United Kingdom, 1946

Film
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Obstacles in the life of a nun’s community high in the Himalayas range from a cynical British agent, suspicious natives, longings of the flesh, problems of faith and insanity to the arduous surrounding terrain. The mission prospers, but often at the expense of spiritual progress and although the nuns eventually retreat from the mission and the threatening terrain it is with a sense of having achieved some small spiritual gains. “One of the few genuinely erotic films to emerge from these sexually staid isles” said one critic. The glorious Oscar winning photography was a trick because it was shot in a London studio and backyard garden. The title refers to the intoxicating perfume worn by Indian Prince Sabu in his last major role. Based on the novel by Rumer Godden. Stars Deborah Kerr, David Farrar, Sabu, Jean Simmons, Flora Robson and Esmond Knight.

Credits

co-producers/directors

Emeric Pressburger

Michael Powell

production company

Archers Film Productions

GFD

Duration

01:40:00:00

Production places
United Kingdom
Production dates
1946

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

36917

Language

English

Audience classification

PG

Subject categories

Adaptations

Advertising, Film, Journalism, Mass Media & TV → Religious films

Drama

Drama → Religious films

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Christianity

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Nuns

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Religious films

Feature films

Feature films → Feature films - Great Britain

Literature → English literature - Film and video adaptations

Religious films

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Colour

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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