BLACK NARCISSUS

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Black Narcissus is a classic 1947 film directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, based on the 1939 novel by Rumer Godden. The film tells the story of a group of Anglican nuns who try to establish a convent in a remote valley in the Himalayas, but face various challenges and temptations that test their faith and sanity.

The film is widely praised for its stunning cinematography, atmospheric music, and powerful performances by Deborah Kerr, Flora Robson, Jean Simmons, David Farrar, and others. The film won two Academy Awards for Best Cinematography and Best Art Direction, and is considered one of the greatest British films of all time.

One of the most remarkable aspects of the film is that it was mostly shot in Pinewood Studios in England, using elaborate sets, matte paintings, and special effects to create the illusion of the Himalayan landscape. However, some scenes were filmed on location in Galway, where the main character, Sister Clodagh (played by Deborah Kerr), has flashbacks of her life before joining the convent.

The Galway scenes were filmed in various locations around the county and it’s where Sister Clodagh recalls her childhood and family life in Ireland. The scenes show the rural landscape, the stone walls, the cottages, and the church where she attends mass.

Black Narcissus is a masterpiece of cinema that explores themes of religion, culture, sexuality, and madness. It is also a fascinating example of how film can create a convincing illusion of a different time and place. If you have not seen it yet, you should definitely watch it and enjoy its beauty and drama.

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