Black Narcissus (1947) Produced, written and directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger
Deborah Kerr as Sister Coldagh and Flora Robson as Sister Philippa.

Sister Philippa (explaining why she wants to leave Mopu): I think there are only two ways of living in this place. Either you must live like Mr. Dean or… or like the holy man. Either ignore it or give yourself up to it.
Sister Cladagh: Neither would do for us.

2 Responses to “Black Narcissus (1947)”

  1. This sumptuous, claustrophobic masterpiece makes strong claim as Powell & Pressburger’s greatest achievement in a career of four or five films that rank among the most renowned in all of the cinema.

    Yes, the dialogue like the snippet you offer here is unforgettable as is Jack Cardiff’s ground breaking color cinematography and some unforgettable performances.

  2. I couldn’t quite find the right dialogue to convey the feeling this film gets across, but this one comes as close as I could get.

    A subtly haunting classic.

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