1947: Black Narcissus - Truth, Beauty, and the Partnership of Powell and Pressburger

Powell and Pressburger are one of the most incredible partnerships in all of film history, putting out such classics as The Red Shoes, A Matter of Life and Death, and One of Our Aircraft is Missing. Their darkest (and perhaps their best) film, Black Narcissus, is a sprawling and beautiful epic that tells the story of a group of nuns who set up a hospital and school in the deep Himalayas. This video explores the partnership of Powell and Pressburger, their obsessions and reoccurring themes, and how Black Narcissus deals with colonialism, war, the role of women and the deep sexual repression of 1940’s England.


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