Black Narcissus

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Black Narcissus

Apr. 19, 7:00: Screening & book talk with author Charles Bramesco

Join us for a special screening of two-time Academy Award-winning film Black Narcissus, directed by legendary filmmaking duo Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger (The Red Shoes, A Matter of Life and Death), followed by a special talk with writer Charles Bramesco.

His new book Colors of Film will take you on a journey from the earliest feature films to today, introducing 50 iconic movies and explaining the pivotal role that color played in their success. Using stills from these films along with infographic color palettes, this is a lively and fresh approach to the medium for cinema-goers and color lovers alike.

“Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s dreamy drama of repressed desire among a gaggle of Himalayan nuns hits a fever pitch of psychological intensity through its expressive use of color. W. Percy Day’s ravishing matte paintings bring us into a hidden corner of the world exploding with sensuous wonders, and the uncredited makeup team succinctly conveys the characters’ deteriorating mental states with pancaked-pale complexions and dark-ringed eyes.”  —Charles Bramesco, Author of Colors of Film.

Copies of Colors of Film will be available to buy at the screening, courtesy of The Village Bookstore. 

"It remains a rapturous, near-indescribable work of cinematic art, spun from a simple story about nuns who travel to the Himalayas to start a school and a hospital, only to have mountain winds and native mysticism weaken their confidence and their faith."
Noel Murray, The A.V. Club
"Jack Cardiff's cinematography, with its rich, dark interiors and mountains painted on glass, is among the most beautiful in film."
Tim Robey, The Telegraph


Screening and book talk with Colors of Film author Charles Bramesco, moderated by JBFC Senior Film Programmer Monica Castillo
Wednesday, Apr. 19 2023, 7:00
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Charles Bramesco is a freelance film and TV critic living in Brooklyn. A former staff writer for Rolling Stone, he's been featured in The New York Times, New York Magazine, The Guardian, and many other fine publications. He is the author of two books—Colors of Film: The Story of Cinema in 50 Palettes, and the Vampire Movies edition of the Close-Ups series from Little White Lies —on shelves now.

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