BLACK NARCISSUS (1947)
One of the best examples of technicolor ever!
This British visual masterpiece shows what human beings could do with some pastels and photos, before computers.
If you are a director or director wannabe WATCH THIS MOVIE I'm sure your favorite director knows it well. Or if you are just a huge movie fan and want to see some true artistic ingenuity this is a must watch.
I only saw it once but it seemed to me to be ahead of its time in so many ways. The acting is some of the best I have ever seen in cinema.
The faces of the nun's hurl you into the madness and ghosts that lurk behind their holy robes. The decent in the madness is one of the most chilling I have seen, and that includes modern performances.
It must be dirty work being a nun. The true believers, go into the belly of the beast of humanity, the kind of stuff most of society runs from.
because they had so much less to create with back then, but what they created was so much more
It is generally credited as ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL FILMS OF ALL TIMES!
Here is a IMDB synopsis:
Black Narcissus is a story of ghosts, wind, faith, frustration, sexual tension and madness
Sister Clodah is dispatched with four other nuns to establish a new
convent far in the Himalayas. It's a difficult journey and their new
house is a ramshackle old building on the edge of a cliff that had been
abandoned by a religious Brotherhood many years before. They soon
establish a school and an infirmary though the local General's agent,
Mr. Dean, warns them against treating the deathly ill as they would no
doubt be blamed if the patient doesn't recover. The location, the
culture and the mountain air all begin to have a strange effect on the
Sisters. Sister Clodagh, who is also on her first assignment as Sister
Superior, begins to remember a romance she had as a young woman before
entering the sisterhood. Another however, becomes obsessed with Mr.
Dean, which leads to tragedy.