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Basic Info Rusty's rating: 79
Notable as: DramaGenre: drama film, film adaptationNarrative location: Kolkata, IndiaRuntime: 97 - 102 minutesLanguage: EnglishCountry: United KingdomDirector: Emeric Pressburger, Michael PowellScreenwriter: Michael Powell, Emeric PressburgerMusic: Brian EasdaleCinematography: Jack CardiffStars: Deborah Kerr, David Farrar, Kathleen Byron, Sabu Dastagir, Jean Simmons, Flora Robson, Jenny Laird, Esmond Knight, Judith Furse, May Hallatt, Eddie Whaley Jr., Ley On, Shaun NobleProducer: Emeric Pressburger, Michael Powell, Michael PowellAwards won: Academy Award for Best Art Direction, Color (Alfred Junge)
Academy Award for Best Cinematography, Color (Jack Cardiff)
Academy Award for Best Production Design (Alfred Junge)
Award details: (details at IMDb)
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Black Narcissus is a 1947 Technicolor film by the British writer-producer-director team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, based on the 1939 novel by Rumer Godden. It is a psychological drama about the emotional tensions within a convent of nuns in an isolated valley in the Himalayas, and features in the cast Deborah Kerr, Kathleen Byron, Sabu, David Farrar, Flora Robson, Esmond Knight, and Jean Simmons. Black Narcissus achieved acclaim for its pioneering technical mastery, with the cinematographer Jack Cardiff, shooting in vibrant colour, winning an Academy Award for Best Cinematography and a Golden Globe Award for Best Cinematography, and Alfred Junge winning an Academy Award for Best Art Direction. According to film critic David Thomson "Black Narcissus is that rare thing, an erotic English film about the fantasies of nuns, startling whenever Kathleen Byron is involved".


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