- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 41 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: July 20, 2010
- Originally Released: 1947
- Label: Criterion
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: 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 in Black Narcissus
- Original Theatrical Trailer
- Plus: A Booklet featuring an Essay by Critic Kent Jones
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
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."
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.