Who would have thought a bunch if nuns stuck up a mountain would make such a great movie? Everything about this film is great, astonishing colours, hard to believe it was filmed in Pinewood. Everything has already been said about it but what l particularly like is it's economy. No scene (and there are many) outstays its welcome. Not a word is wasted and every detail propels the narrative. Masterly.
Like all science fiction, it tells you little about science or the future but a lot about the time it was made in. This is considerably more sophisticated than most of its kind. It actually looks like they had a budget, so the sets are pretty decent and the colours gorgeous. The naivety gives it a period charm which makes it watchable. Recommended viewing times are wet weekends and late at night after a few bevvies.
Interesting that one of these critics calls this Mann's masterpiece. I think it's great too, easily surpassing the hackneyed conventions of most Westerns. The most interesting feature is to see a woman as the central character and she has to both fight her corner in a mans world and still do all the romance stuff too. I also like the way the characters are drawn and the dialogue. Plus a mention for the cinematography and lighting. It's rare to see a film where these are done well and the film isn't up to much. It's a bit like going to a pub where the beer is kept well; you know the food will be good too.