In which I attempt to watch every film in The Criterion Collection and end up watching a lot that aren't. Click here for the rating system.


Black Narcissus

"Nun chick-fight."

What could be better than sending five nuns into the Himalayas to live on the edge of a precipice? Making Deborah Kerr the head nun, that's what. Powell and Pressburger's eerie tale of a disintigrating band of female missionaries has one of my favorite film climaxes of all time. This image of a nun painting her lips brought down the wrath of the Catholic church as being too lascivious. Oh how times have changed!
Scintillating color and imagery make this an Archer bullseye.

Favorite Moments: Christmas Mass, the gardening nun, the climax.


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