Black Narcissus

(1947)

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| Film | United Kingdom | Colour | Drama | 1h 41min |
U
| Stars: Deborah Kerr, Flora Robson, Jenny Laird | Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger

Anglo-Catholic nuns in the Himalayas have trouble with climate, morale and one of their number who goes mad with sexual frustration

A group of British nuns are sent into the Himalayas to set up a mission in what was once the harem’s quarters of an ancient palace. The clear mountain air, the unfamiliar culture and the unbridled sensuality of a young prince and his beggar-girl lover begin to play havoc with the nuns’ long-suppressed emotions.

Whilst the young Mother Superior, Sister Clodagh, fights a losing battle for order, the jaunty Mr Dean falls in love with her, sparking uncontrollable jealousy in another nun, Sister Ruth.

Cast (14)

British actress, Deborah Kerr, in a black and white publicity photograph
Sister Clodagh
British actress Flora Robson
Sister Philippa
Jenny Laird
Sister Honey
Judith Furse
Sister Briony
British actress, Kathleen Byron
Sister Ruth
The Vicar of Bray (1937) opening credits (11)
Esmond Knight
The Old General
Sabu
The Young General
British actor David Farrar in a publicity shot for Black Narcissus (1947)
Mr Dean
Jean Simmons, British actress, wears a lacy top and a pearl necklace as she poses for a 1950s publicity photo
Kanchi
May Hallatt
Angu Ayah
Eddie Whaley Jr
Joseph Anthony
Shaun Noble
Con
Nancy Roberts
Mother Dorothea
Ley On
Phuba
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Main title from Black Narcissus (1947).  Anglo-Catholic nuns in the Himalayas have trouble with climate, morale and one of their number who goes mad with sexual frustration

Black Narcissus (1947) Opening Credits

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Main title from Black Narcissus (1947). Anglo-Catholic nuns in the Himalayas have trouble with climate, morale and one of their number who goes mad with sexual frustration.

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British actor David Farrar in a publicity shot for Black Narcissus (1947)
Black Narcissus Blu-ray from Network and The British Film.  Features Deborah Kerr, Sabu, David Farrar and Flora Robson.
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Black Narcissus DVD with Deborah Kerr

Production

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Michael Powell
Director / Producer / Writer
Emeric Pressburger
Director / Producer
Rumer Godden
Writer

Companies

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The Archers
Production company
Independent Producers
Production company
General Film Distributors (GFD)
Distribution company