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Black Narcissus

1947 | 1h 39m | Drama

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British filmmakers Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger once again deliberately courted controversy and censorship with their 1947 adaptation of Rumer Godden's novel. Deborah Kerr and Kathleen Byron play the head nuns at an Anglican hospital/school high in the Himalayas. The nuns' well-ordered existence is disturbed by the presence of a handsome British government agent (David Farrar), whose attractiveness gives certain sisters the wrong ideas. Meanwhile, an Indian girl (Jean Simmons) is lured down the road to perdition by a sensuous general (Sabu). While Kerr would seem most susceptible to f...


Michael Powell Emeric Pressburger


Deborah Kerr Flora Robson Jean Simmons David Farrar Sabu Esmond Knight Kathleen Byron Jenny Laird Judith Furse May Hallatt

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05 Dec 1947

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