Black Narcissus: The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (1947) / Region 1
Black Narcissus: The Criterion Collection

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Black Narcissus: The Criterion Collection

This explosive work about the conflict between the spirit and the flesh is the epitome of the sensuous style of filmmakers Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger (I Know Where I'm Going!, The Red Shoes). A group of nuns - played by some of Britain's best actresses, including Deborah Kerr (From Here To Eternity, An Affair To Remember), Flora Robson (The Rise Of Catherine The Great, Wuthering Heights), and Jean Simmons (Great Expectations, Hamlet) - struggles to establish a convent in the snowcapped Himalayas; isolation, extreme weather, altitude, and culture clashes all conspire to drive the well-intentioned missionaries mad. A darkly grand film that won Oscars for its set design and for its cinematography by Jack Cardiff (The Red Shoes, The African Queen), Black Narcissus is one of the greatest achievements by two of cinema's true visionaries.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Apr 19 2010
  • Production Year 1947
  • Empire SKU 1530270
  • UPC Code 715515061117
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Subtitles English


Video Introduction By Filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier
Audio Commentary Featuring Powell And Director Martin Scorses
The Audacious Adventurerer, 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


  • Audio
    English Dolby Digital Mono
  • Video
    Standard 1.33:1 Color

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