BLACK NARCISSUS (M. Powell & E. Pressburger, 1947, Cert PG)

Nov 26 2017 14:15 - 16:30

Stow Film Lounge, Mirth, Marvel & Maud, 186 Hoe St, Walthamstow, E17 4QH London


Stow Film Lounge @Mirth, Marvel & Maud, (former Granada cinema) 186 Hoe St, Walthamstow, London E17 4QH

The follow up to "A Matter of Life And Death" is another masterpiece of British filmmaking and follows a group of Anglican nuns, led by Sister Clodagh (Deborah Kerr), who are sent to a mountain in the Himalayas. The climate in the region is hostile and the nuns are housed in an odd old palace. They work to establish a school and a hospital, but slowly their focus shifts. Sister Ruth (Kathleen Byron) falls for a government worker, Mr. Dean (David Farrar), and begins to question her vow of celibacy. As Sister Ruth obsesses over Mr. Dean, Sister Clodagh becomes immersed in her own memories of love.


In this unusual, visually stunning, and dramatically compelling film, Anglican nuns attempt to establish a school and hospital in the Himalayas in buildings that formerly housed a harem. But the sisters find the sensual atmosphere unsettling, and eventually sexual attraction to the ruling general's ruggedly handsome agent leads to tragedy.

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