• Certification: Film rated as: U
  • Country: UK
  • Release year: 1947
  • Language: English
  • Run time: 102 minutes
  • Genre: Drama, Classic



Part of

102 minutes


DIRECTOR: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger

WITH: Deborah Kerr, Jean Simmons, Flora Robson, Sabu

The Cambridge Film Festival is delighted to welcome Peter Bradshaw to the screening, for a Q&A with the audience, followed by a book signing of his book, The Films That Made Me.

Peter Bradshaw’s new book The Films That Made Me… is a selection of his reviews and essays for The Guardian, for which he has been chief film critic since 1999. These are the films that made him laugh, the films that made him cry, the films that made him feel good — and the films that made him feel the opposite. It’s a record of a filmgoing life, and a paean to the sheer sensual enjoyment of bathing in brilliant images, sounds and stories.

For this event, Peter will be introducing a selection of clips from classic films and talking about what they mean to him — and then we will settle down to the Powell/Pressburger classic Black Narcissus.

One of the most extraordinary British features, shot almost entirely at Pinewood Studios, but you wouldn’t know it. Set in the Himalayas, a group of nuns are sent to educate a local community, but they face every challenge to their faith, ranging from local superstition, politics, and the temptations of the flesh. The visual splendour (Jack Cardiff’s wonderful cinematography) perfectly underlines the threat of sexuality which finally defeats 'civilisation'. 'You could show it backwards and out of focus, and the control of colour, composition and movement would still look brilliant.' - Chris Peachment, Time Out

The Cambridge Film Festival is presented by the Cambridge Film Trust, a registered charity with a mission to foster film culture and education for the benefit of the public, in Cambridge and the Eastern region but also throughout the UK.