- Audio Commentary: A Conversation with Late Director Michael Powell and Martin Scorcese
Painting with Light, a New 27-Minute Documentary on Jack Cardiff and Black Narcissus
- Original Theatrical Trailer
- Rated: Unrated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 41 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: January 30, 2001
- Originally Released: 1947
- Label: Criterion
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Additional Release Material:
- Audio Commentary: Michael Powell - Director, Martin Scorsese - Director
- PAINTING WITH LIGHT
- BLACK NARCISSUS
- Stills/Photos: Production Stills
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Academy Awards 1947 -
Best Art Direction - Set Decoration (Color)
Academy Awards 1947 -
Best Cinematography: Jack Cardiff
Entertainment Weekly - 01/11/2002
"...BLACK NARCISSUS uses unbearably rich colors....The hyperreal imagery is crucial..."
Uncut - 09/01/2005
"Stylized and expressionistic, this was one of the most unusual films of its era."
Description by OLDIES.com:
Plagued by uncertainties and worldly desires, five Protestant missionary nuns, led by Deborah Kerr's Sister Clodagh, struggle to establish a school in the desolate Himalayas. All the elements of cinematic arts are perfectly fused in Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's fascinating study of the age-old conflict between the spirit and the flesh, set against the grandeur of the snowcapped peaks of Kanchenjunga.
Anglo-Catholic nuns on an isolated missionary assignment in the Himalayas face an assortment of worldly challenges, including sexual temptations and other intriguing ups-and-downs. One of the great films from the "golden age of cinema." Adapted from the novel by Rumep Godden. Academy Awards: Best, (Color) Art Direction-Set Decoration, Best (Color) Cinematography.
Sister Clodagh leads four nuns on a trek through the Himalayan mountains to establish a school and hospital in a disused palace thousands of feet high on the edge of a cliff. But although the women are able to endure the severe climatic conditions, they have trouble coping with the loneliness of life in such a remote region. Several of the sisters find that their commitment to a religious vocation has waned, and they must face up to the difficulties posed by impure thoughts and sexual temptation.
- Additional cast: Shaun Noble (Con), Eddie Whaley, Jr. (Joseph Anthony), Nancy Roberts (Mother Dorothea), Ley On (Phuba).
- Produced by The Archers.
- Copyright 1947 Independent Producers Ltd.