Seminal Films

The power of stories to transport the audience represents a fundamental part of human experience. Gerrig was the first to coin the term narrative transportation in the context of written literature. Narrative transportation occurs when an individual experiences the feeling of entering the world evoked by a narrative because of empathy for story characters and imagination of the story plot. It is described as a state of detachment from the world, as though one is being carried away by the story. Seminal Films don’t only fall into the bracket of those that carry emotional weight for their viewer. Some reach such status by the political and humanist ramifications born of their sheer weight of significance. Krzysztof Kieślowski’s ‘A Short Film About Killing’ was intrinsic in the debate over the death penalty in Poland. ‘All the President’s Men’, ‘City of God’ clearer markers of their times. Other films would be so unique in their execution and style they would change the face of their particular brand of cinema and create new subgenres, movements and trends. ‘A Trip to the Moon’ in 1902 was the first film to make use of the technique of editing, ‘Un Chien Andalou’ in 1929 was one of the first examples of Surrealism. More recently Francois Truffaut launched the French New Wave with ‘The Four Hundred Blows’, ‘This is Spinal Tap’ paved the way for the Docudrama, Jon Carpenter reigned in the era of the Slasher with ‘Halloween’, Dogme 95 was cemented by Lars Von Tier in the 90s with his seminal work ‘Festen’ and ‘Frances Ha’ helped launch Mumblecore. These films should be heralded for all they achieved artistically as well as the wider impact they, and the filmmakers behind them, helped to create.

Black Narcissus

A group of Anglican nuns, led by Sister Clodagh (Deborah Kerr), 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 (Kathleen Byron) falls for a government worker, Mr. Dean (David Farrar), 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.

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