Monday, September 5, 2011

Black Narcissus (1947)

You'd think that a film about a bunch of nuns would be pretty boring, right? I'll admit, that's what I was thinking when I first started watching Black Narcissus. I was very, very wrong though, this movie is weird enough to be awesome in my book.

Black Narcissus is a film about a group of nuns who are sent to establish a new convent far into the Himalayas. This proves to be a very difficult task, due to the location, culture, and sanitation differences that the Sisters must become accustomed to. Despite the difficulties they are up against, they soon are able to accomplish building both a school and infirmary. However, the altitude of the mountains seems to be having a strange effect on the Sisters. One in particular, Sister Ruth, ends up gradually losing her mind, as well as developing an unhealthy obsession the local general's agent, Mr. Dean.

The best part of the film is when Sister Ruth loses her mind. A lot happens during this point of the film. It's full of action, suspense, and it's a bit chaotic.

I also love the rich use of color throughout this film. It makes the costumes look that much more vibrant and exotic. It also adds to the scenery and set design of the film.


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