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Black Narcissus

Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger

 
Black Narcissus (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • United Kingdom
  • 1947
  • 101 minutes
  • 1.33:1
  • English
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  • Spine #93

This explosive work about the conflict between the spirit and the flesh is the epitome of the sensuous style of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. A group of nuns—played by some of Britain’s finest actresses, including Deborah Kerr, Kathleen Byron, and Flora Robson—struggle to establish a convent in the Himalayas, while isolation, extreme weather, altitude, and culture clashes all conspire to drive the well-intentioned missionaries mad. A darkly grand film that won Oscars for Alfred Junge’s art direction and Jack Cardiff’s cinematography , Black Narcissus is one of the greatest achievements by two of cinema’s true visionaries.

Cast

Sister ClodaghDeborah Kerr
The Young GeneralSabu
Mr. DeanDavid Farrar
Sister PhilippaFlora Robson
The Old GeneralEsmond Knight
KanchiJean Simmons
Sister RuthKathleen Byron
Sister HoneyJenny Laird
Sister BrionyJudith Furse
Angu AyahMay Hallatt
Joseph AnthonyEddie Whaley, Jr.
ConShaun Noble
Mother DorotheaNancy Roberts

Credits

DirectorMichael Powell and Emeric Pressburger
Written, produced, and directed byMichael Powell and Emeric Pressburger
Adapted from the novel byRumer Godden
Photographed in Technicolor byJack Cardiff
Music and sound score composed and conducted byBrian Easdale
EditingReginald Mills
CostumesHein Heckroth
Production designAlfred Junge

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, created with the participation of cinematographer Jack Cardiff and director Michael Powell’s widow, editor Thelma Schoonmaker Powell, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Video introduction by filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier
  • Audio commentary featuring Powell and director Martin Scorsese
  • The Audacious Adventurer, a video piece in which Tavernier discusses the film and Powell
  • Profile of “Black Narcissus,” a documentary featuring members of the Archers’ production team
  • Painting with Light, a documentary on Cardiff’s Oscar-winning work on Black Narcissus
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Kent Jones

    New cover by F. Ron Miller

Film Essays

Black Narcissus: Empire of the Senses

By Kent JonesJuly 20, 2010

“It is the most erotic film that I have ever made,” wrote Michael Powell of Black Narcissus. . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Black Narcissus

By Dave KehrJanuary 29, 2001

When Black Narcissus opened in England in 1947, Great Britain was barely emerging from the . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Black Narcissus

By Ronald HaverJuly 11, 1998

Black Narcissus was the sixth production from that remarkable pair of artists Michael Powell . . . Read more »

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Photo Galleries

Ready for Her Close-up

June 04, 2012


Photo Galleries


Photo Galleries

10 Things I Learned: Sabu!

By Michael KoreskyDecember 20, 2011


Photo Galleries

Scaling the Himalayas

July 11, 2011


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On Jack Cardiff: An Interview with Cameraman director Craig McCall

May 13, 2011

Craig McCall’s labor of love documentary Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff, a . . . Read more »


Clippings

Celebrating Cardiff

January 19, 2011

British cinematographer Jack Cardiff, who passed away in 2009 at the age of ninety-four, was a . . . Read more »


Press Notes

Press Notes: 2010—One Last Look

January 03, 2011

Before we put 2010 to bed, we thought we’d catch up with all the year-end lists that have . . . Read more »


Clippings

Powers’s Picks

December 03, 2010

’Tis the season for DVD gift guides, and critic John Powers is quick out of the gate with a . . . Read more »


News

Cardiff Documentary Opens

September 10, 2010

Starting today, Angelenos should dance their way over to the Laemmle Sunset 5 Theatre in West . . . Read more »


Press Notes

Press Notes: Black Narcissus

July 21, 2010

“The most beautiful Technicolor movie ever made,” writes critic Ty Burr in a Boston Globe . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Black Narcissus: Empire of the Senses

By Kent JonesJuly 20, 2010

“It is the most erotic film that I have ever made,” wrote Michael Powell of Black Narcissus. . . . Read more »


News

The BFI Celebrates Cardiff’s Career

May 05, 2010

Oscar-winning cinematographer Jack Cardiff, whose ravishing Technicolor compositions graced . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Black Narcissus

By Dave KehrJanuary 29, 2001

When Black Narcissus opened in England in 1947, Great Britain was barely emerging from the . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Black Narcissus

By Ronald HaverJuly 11, 1998

Black Narcissus was the sixth production from that remarkable pair of artists Michael Powell . . . Read more »