Black Narcissus (Criterion Collection)

Black Narcissus (Criterion Collection)
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DVD Features:

  • 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
  • Audio:
    • English

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Performer: , , , , , , , &
Directed by &
Edited by
Screenwriting by &
Composition by
Cinematography by
Story by
Produced by &

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."

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.

Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 62,284
  • UPC: 715515061117
  • Shipping Weight: 0.26/lbs (approx)
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