Shut Up and Watch This

#55: Black Narcissus (1947)

July 15, 2020

This week we’re talking nuns, and not just any nuns, 1940s Himalayan nuns. The nun movie genre is kind of a mixed bag ranging from horror, to comedy, to drama, and is a genre that Ashley has largely been skeptical of, excepting Sister Act, of course. But BLACK NARCISSUS is singular among them all for its otherworldliness and veiled eroticism. The haunting use of Technicolor and incredible matte paintings that set the scene only enhance the beautiful strangeness of this fascinating film.

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