|Fig. 1 Black Narcissus (1947)|
They are further enticed by Dean (David Farrar), a rough Englishman who visits the palace to assist the nuns. He unknowingly seduces Sister Ruth (Kathleen Byron) who was already struggling with her life as a nun before the trip to the temple. Dean also eventually wins the affection of Sister Clodagh (Deborah Kerr) because he reminded her of her lover from before she took her vows. Although Sister Clodagh is able to control her desire and ultimately considers Dean as a friend, Sister Ruth gives in to temptation. After Dean denies Ruth, she is driven mad with lust and jealousy. She promptly returns to the Palace and attempts to shove Clodagh off the side of the cliff, only to fall to her own death after the struggle. This scene pushes the film into a sudden horror story, with Ruth's "final appearance in the film, gaunt and wraithlike... is one of the scariest moments in British cinema history" (Bradshaw, 2005).
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Figure 1. Black Narcissus (1947) [Poster] At: http://www.lonelyplanet.fr/sites/default/files/20140523143517_29490.jpg Accessed on: 10/11/2015
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Figure 3. [Screenshot] At: http://celluloidoptimist.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Narcissus.jpg Accessed on: 10/11/2015