#513: Black Narcissus

jefbsecwv9zosfu1faefrvhtjqv#513 – Black Narcissus, 1947, Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger

A group of Anglican nuns, led by Sister Clodagh, are sent to a mountain in the Himalayas. The climate in the region is hostile and the nuns are housed in an odd old palace. They work to establish a school and a hospital, but slowly their focus shifts. Sister Ruth falls for a government worker, Mr. Dean, and begins to question her vow of celibacy. As Sister Ruth obsesses over Mr. Dean, Sister Clodagh becomes immersed in her own memories of love.

#708: The Ball at the Anjo House

leu2uocazqgjsgtbcncl8xsusmr#708 – The Ball at the Anjo House, (安城家の舞踏会), 1947, Kôzaburô Yoshimura

After Japan’s loss in the war, the wealthy, cultured, liberal Anjo family have to give up their mansion and their way of life. They hold one last ball at the house before leaving. The seemingly cold, cynical son secretly grieves for his defeated father and the values that the war destroyed, while the daughter tries to prevent father from taking his life and to find her own place in the new Japan.