Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Black Narcissus

This film had every element we discussed in class so far such as long shots and close ups ect.. As far as the film at times I thought it was a horror film, a drama and even a comedy but for me it dragged a lot. The acting was over the top at times and good at other times.

I did like the over all story, just for me it was too long and could have been shorter. I found myself laughing at many parts also. These were some tough Nuns!!


  1. I loved the fact that "Black Narcissus" was only a cheap fragrance!It was the centerpoint of the film for me; it clarified the various characters for me. The film brought the human condition to life, with all its struggles and decisions. From the holy man with no desires or engaging to the nuns who tried to engage without desires. From the guide/translater, Mr. Dean and Sister Clodagh,who seemed to manage engagement without becoming lost to desire and poor Sister Ruth who could not. The young General and the wild Kanchi followed their desires. I enjoyed this 1947 version but would love to see how the director/editor and high-tech cinematography of today would tell this story.

  2. I enjoyed watching "The Cutting Edge" in class last night, but I was a little disappointed there were no Blacks represented in mainstream film-making as editors, so I decided to search for more information. I came up with only one - Hugh A. Robertson (1932-1988), who won an Academy Award nod for his work on "Midnight Cowboy" (1969), starring Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight. Robertson won the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award for his editing of the film. He also was editor of Gordon Parks' 1971 "Shaft". I can't wait for the viewing next week in class, I'm going to try to see it this weekend if time permits.

    1. That is very interesting. I wonder why more black people are not in the editing field.