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 pleasure: the sheer sensual enjoyment of bathing in brilliant images, sounds and stories. For this event, Peter will be introducing a selection of clips of classic films and talking about they mean to him — and then we will settle down to the Powell/Pressburger classic Black Narcissus. Afterwards Peter will be around to sign copies!"
Some Anglican nuns, led by the stern Sister Clodagh (Deborah Kerr), attempt to establish a convent in a remote region of the Himalayas but things start to go wrong almost immediately: their building is a former harem, the locals are drawn into a rising hysteria, and Sister Ruth (Kathleen Byron) conceives a passion for a brusque Englishman who has a penchant for shorts. Showcasing Powell and Pressburger at their boldest, BLACK NARCISSUS features brilliant performances, Oscar-winning cinematography (Jack Cardiff) and wonderfully atmospheric set design. This is a deeply sensual film, almost giddily in thrall to the power of cinema.