Black Narcissus

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In Brief: Sensuality and spirituality collide in Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's hyperstylized melodrama Black Narcissus (1947) in a way that few other filmmakers could have balanced so deftly. While it may arguably fall short of other Powell/Pressburger pictures, such as The Red Shoes (1948) or I Know Where I'm Going (1947), Black Narcissus represents the duo at the height of their powers and boasts a devastating performance from star Deborah Kerr and some remarkable soundstage sleight-of-hand from cinematographer Jack Cardiff. It's a moving picture about human failings, and its subtle commentary on colonialism makes it one of  Powell and Pressburger's most surreptitiously political films, granting it a psychological and sociological scope that rank it high amongst the team's canon.
Genre: Drama
Director: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Starring: Deborah Kerr, Sabu, David Farrar, Flora Robson, Esmond Knight, Jean Simmons, Kathleen Byron
Rated: NR

The Hendersonville Film Society will show Black Narcissus on Sunday, June 10, at 2 p.m. in the Smoky Mountain Theater at Lake Pointe Landing Retirement Community, 333 Thompson St., Hendersonville.


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