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"Celebrating the beauty of the written word and the magic of the silver screen"
the flicker club bring cinema to the art deco Council Chamber within StokeNewington Town Hall
At each screening you can expect a warm welcome from your hosts, a bespoke bar, the occasional story read to you and a few other surprises along the way…
We hereby invite you to the flicker club presents
Thursday Night Cinema at Stoke NewingtonTown Hall
Based on the novel “Black Narcissus” by Rumer Godden
Directed by Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger
Starring Deborah Kerr, Kathleen Byron, Sabu & Jean Simmons
Black Narcissus is a 1947 film by the British director-writer team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, based on the 1939 novel of the same name by Rumer Godden.
It is a psychological drama about the emotional tensions within a convent of nuns in an isolated valley in the Himalayas.
The filmmakers were recognised with several awards for their work on Black Narcissus: Jack Cardiff won an Academy Award for Best Cinematography and a Golden Globe Award for Best Cinematography, Alfred Junge won an Academy Award for Best Art Direction and Deborah Kerr won a New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
It is also listed in BFI Top 100 British films and Time Out 100 best British films.
In Michael Powell's own view this was the most erotic film he ever made. "It is all done by suggestion, but eroticism is in every frame and image from beginning to end. It is a film full of wonderful performances and passion just below the surface, which finally, at the end of the film, erupts".
Deborah Kerr and Kathleen Byron play the head nuns at an Anglican hospital/school high in the Himalayas.
The nuns' well-ordered existence is disturbed by the presence of a handsome British government agent (David Farrar), whose attractiveness gives certain sisters the wrong ideas.
Meanwhile, an Indian girl (Jean Simmons) is lured down the road to perdition by a sensuous general (Sabu). While Kerr would seem most susceptible to fall from grace --we are given hints of her earlier love life in a long flashback--she proves to have more stamina than Byron, who delivers one of moviedom's classic interpretations of all-stops-out, sex-starved insanity.
The aforementioned flashback was removed from the US release version of Black Narcissus so as not to offend the Catholic Legion of Decency. While the dramatic content of the film hasn't stood the test of time all that well, the individual performances, production values, and especially the Oscar-winning Technicolor photography of Jack Cardiff are still as impressive as ever. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Doors & bar open at 7pm film at 8pm
When & Where
Stoke Newington Town Hall
Stoke Newington Town Hall is a beautifully restored Art Deco building in the heart of one of London's most fashionable and exciting areas. The venue provides two special spaces - the Council Chamber and Assembly Hall - which can be used for a wide range of occasions, including wedding ceremonies, civil partnerships, wedding receptions, parties and community events.