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Black Narcissus

October 27, 2023 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm


Black Narcissus is another work of genius from Powell & Pressburger. An adaptation of Rumer Godden’s novel, it’s an almost gothic tale of a group of ill-matched nuns sent to the remote Himalayas to establish a convent in the ruins of an old castle. All of the nuns struggle to adapt to the castle’s bewitching atmosphere and the thin oxygen of the altitude. Mother superior Deborah Kerr, for example, is haunted by memories of the great past romance that was cut short by her fiancé’s wartime death, prompting her to take up orders. But her greatest challenge by far is keeping in check the wayward and headstrong Sister Ruth (played by the spell-binding Kathleen Byron) who has developed an obsessive passion for the local land agent. That battle of wills culminates in a catastrophic final confrontation as Sister Ruth finally descends into psychopathic madness. Amazingly, Powell & Pressburger managed to recreate the whole magic of the Himalayas on a sound stage at Pinewood, thanks in part to Jack Cardiff’s sumptuous colour-soaked photography.


October 27, 2023
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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