• “The most beautiful Technicolor movie ever made,” writes critic Ty Burr in a Boston Globe review of the new Criterion release of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s Black Narcissus. “More than that, Narcissus is a stunning emotional masterpiece about faith, lust, madness, and humility.” Burr’s piece on this bewitching tale of faith-challenged British nuns attempting to build a school in the Himalayas goes on to say, “Powell, the subversive fantasist of British cinema, later referred to Narcissus as ‘my most erotic film,’ and he wasn’t kidding: it still holds the power to shock.”

    Also worth a read is Gary Dretzka’s review for Movie City News, in which he muses about Narcissus’s stunning and influential visual effects: “For all of the excitement generated in Hollywood by digital, hi-def, and 3-D technology, it’s sometimes worth remembering that some Pleistocene filmmakers got it right the first time, and their work continues to inspire contemporary artists . . . No better example could be provided than Criterion Collection’s sumptuous Blu-ray release of Black Narcissus.

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1 comment

  • By LJ
    July 21, 2010
    08:42 PM

    This film is wonderful! I saw Black Narcissus for the first time yesterday (7/20) and have re-watched it 3 times since. They most certainly do not make them like this anymore. A big thanks to Criterion for preserving this work of art for all time in high def.
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