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5.0 out of 5 stars
The Archers, 19 Feb. 2010
I have been an Archers fan since I was a kid and first saw "The Thief of Baghdad" which Michael Powell had a large hand in, and despite the aged effects still remains a most elegant film. The "magic" of that film is a constant in everything that Michael Powell and Emeric Pressberger produced.Think of the beautiful transitions from past to present in "Canterbury Tale"; from present to past in "Colonel Blimp" or the delightful fantasies in "A Matter of Life and Death".
"Black Narssicus" has all their "magic" in the lofty palace set on a mountain and haunted by the voices of the concubines which invade the sanctity of the school and hospital set up by the nuns; the dancing of Sanchi( Jean Simmonds) as she tries to lure the young general, so charmingly played by Sabu; the mystery of the silent holy man in contrast to the life of the nuns. As with all their films it boasts a fine cast,and is a constant joy to look at, always beautiful and always showing us something unexpected and new. If you have any sense of romanticism you will completely enjoy this excellent example of an Archer's film.