Black Narcissus

Black Narcissus ★★★★

2022 #908
One of those movies where you can't help but admire the sheer craft of it. The fantastic use of matte paintings makes it feel like this was actually shot on location on a clifftop in the Himalayas, creating an authentic vibrant visual vista. But then you've also got the superbly acted breakdown that the isolation of these unfamiliar conditions cause the four nuns sent to establish a missionary school in the middle of nowhere. The way Emeric Pressburger and Michael Powell build up the pressure cooker situation is expertly done, culminating in Kathleen Byron's Sister Ruth well and truly going off the deep end (*badum-tss*)!

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