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Deborah Kerr, Michael Powell Photos: BLACK NARCISSUS Behind the Scenes

Deborah Kerr, Michael Powell, pony
Deborah Kerr, pony, Michael Powell on the Black Narcissus set

The Criterion Collection has posted a series of images providing a glimpse behind the scenes of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's 1947 classic Black Narcissus. Set in the Himalayas, this adaptation of Rumer Godden's novel was filmed entirely in Britain, chiefly at Pinewood Studios. Make sure to check it out here.

In the beautifully nuanced Black Narcissus, Deborah Kerr stars as an Anglican nun sent to a convent in the Himalayas. The location's rarefied air and the presence of David Farrar brings to the surface the nun's latent ambivalence toward her vows. Tragedy ensues when another nun, played by Kathleen Byron, falls madly in lust/love with Farrar's character.

Also in the Black Narcissus cast: Flora Robson, Sabu, Jean Simmons (in heavy make-up as a local girl), and Esmond Knight.

For her efforts in both Black Narcissus and I See a Dark Stranger, Deborah Kerr received the New York Film Critics Circle's Best Actress award of 1947. Cinematographer Jack Cardiff and production designer Alfred Junge won Oscars in their respective (color) categories.

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