Black Narcissus Overview:

Black Narcissus (1947) was a Drama - Film Adaptation Film directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger and produced by Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger and George R. Busby.

Academy Awards 1947 --- Ceremony Number 20 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best Art DirectionArt Direction: Alfred Junge; Set Decoration: Alfred JungeWon
Best CinematographyJack CardiffWon
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From the Archives - Black Narcissus ( 1947 )

By The Metzinger Sisters on Aug 21, 2018 From Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers

In this scene from Powell & Pressburger's Black Narcissus ( 1947 ), Sister Clodagh ( Deborah Kerr ) works on a lovely needlepoint while in the convent of St. Faith high up in the Himalayan mountains. This is one of her few moments of relaxation before havoc breaks loose at the convent. From the ... Read full article


The Nitrate Experience, BLACK NARCISSUS at TCMFF 2017

By The Lady Eve on Apr 11, 2017 From Lady Eve's Reel Life

Kathleen Byron and Deborah Kerr in Black Narcissus, a production of The Archers One of the truly sublime experiences (and there were many) of this year's TCM Classic Film Festival was the joy of viewing a nitrate print of The Archers' (Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger) great masterpiece Bla... Read full article


The Nitrate Experience, BLACK NARCISSUS at TCMFF 2017

By The Lady Eve on Apr 11, 2017 From Lady Eve's Reel Life

Kathleen Byron and Deborah Kerr in Black Narcissus, a production of The Archers One of the truly sublime experiences (and there were many) of this year's TCM Classic Film Festival was the joy of viewing a nitrate print of The Archers' (Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger) great masterpiece Bla... Read full article


Live From the TCM Classic Film Festival Days 3 and 4–The Nitrate Prints: LAURA (1944) and BLACK NARCISSUS (1947)

By Lara on Apr 9, 2017 From Backlots

The 8th annual TCM Classic Film Festival is coming to a close, and what a weekend it’s been. When I return home tomorrow I will write a wrap-up post summarizing my experience, but I would be remiss if I didn’t write a post today discussing the nitrate prints that festivalgoers were treat... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: BLACK NARCISSUS (1947)

By Jennifer Garlen on Jan 19, 2016 From Virtual Virago

Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger deliver one of their finest collaborations in the exotic melodrama of Black Narcissus (1947), which tells the story of five British nuns who travel to the remote Himalayas to found a convent. Gorgeous scenery provides a provocative backdrop for strong, complex p... Read full article


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Mr. Dean: [Meeting Sister Clodagh for the first time] I'm the general's agent. He welcomes you to Mopu. Understood you wanted to see me.
Sister Clodagh: We want to talk to you on business.
Mr. Dean: I didn't suppose you wanted to talk to me about anything else.
Mr. Dean: [Realizing his comment was a bit snarky] Sorry. Perhaps that wasn't fair.
Sister Clodagh: Mr. Dean, you know that General Toda Rai has given us this house for a new foundation of our Order. We very much appreciate it. It's very generous of him.
Mr. Dean: Yes. You'd like the General, Sister. He also has a superior being.
Sister Briony: [Taken aback] Really!
Sister Clodagh: I don't know why you are being so rude to me, Mr. Dean. I have to talk business with you whether I like it or not.
Mr. Dean: Well, talk it, then, and don't teach at me.


Sister Clodagh: Well I really don't know what to do.
Mr. Dean: What would Christ have done?


The Old General: Do you see that crate? Sausages! They will eat sausages. Europeans eat sausages wherever they go.


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Facts about

The backdrops were blown-up black and white photographs. The art department then gave them their breathtaking colors by using pastel chalks on top of them.
The much admired Himalayan scenery was all created in the studio (with glass shots and hanging miniatures).
Jack Cardiff said that the lighting and color palette of this film was inspired by the works of 17th-century Dutch painter Vermeer.
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