26  November  Posted by filmlounge

BLACK NARCISSUS (M. Powell & E. Pressburger, 1947, Cert PG)

STOW FILM LOUNGE @ MIRTH, MARVEL & MAUD (SMALLER CINEMA ON THE LOWER LEVEL IN THE FORMER GRANADA), 186 HOE ST, WALTHAMSTOW 17 4QH. The follow up to “A Matter of Life And Death” is another masterpiece of British film-making and follows a group of Anglican nuns, led by Sister Clodagh (Deborah Kerr), who are sent to a mountain in the Himalayas. The climate in the region is hostile and the nuns are housed in an odd old palace. They work to establish a school and a hospital, but slowly their focus shifts. Sister Ruth (Kathleen Byron) falls for a government worker, Mr. Dean (David Farrar), and begins to question her vow of celibacy. As Sister Ruth obsesses over Mr. Dean, Sister Clodagh becomes immersed in her own memories of love.


In this unusual, visually stunning, and dramatically compelling film, Anglican nuns attempt to establish a school and hospital in the Himalayas in buildings that formerly housed a harem. But the sisters find the sensual atmosphere unsettling, and eventually sexual attraction to the ruling general’s ruggedly handsome agent leads to tragedy.

Doors 14.15, Film 14.30, Close 16.30

£7/£5 conc and available online, at the Mirth bar or on the door

2 comments on “BLACK NARCISSUS (M. Powell & E. Pressburger, 1947, Cert PG)”

  1. Jacqui Reply

    Says above that the doors open at 14:00 and the film starts at 14:30, not as you’ve mentioned in your comment above.. which is correct please?

    • filmlounge Reply

      Hi Jacqui,
      Sorry that was an old message and reply. The is a matinee. Doors open at 2pm with film at 2.30. Apologies for the confusion.

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