Black Narcissus (Criterion Collection)

Black Narcissus (Criterion Collection)
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DVD Features:

  • 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:
  • Originally Released: 1947
  • Label: Criterion
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • Mono - English
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Audio Commentary: Michael Powell - Director, Martin Scorsese - Director
    • Documentary:
  • Text/Photo Galleries:
    • Stills/Photos: Production Stills

Performers, Cast and Crew:

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Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1947 - Best Art Direction - Set Decoration (Color)
Academy Awards 1947 - Best Cinematography: Jack Cardiff

Entertainment Reviews:

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."

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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.

Product Description:

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.

Plot Synopsis:

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.


Production Notes:

  • 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.

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Product Info:

  • UPC: 037429152126
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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