Black Narcissus – Criterion [DVD] (1947) *NEW*

Black Narcissus – Criterion [DVD] (1947) *NEW*


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 Powell and 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. Criterion is proud to present Black Narcissus in a new Special Edition.

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A group of Anglican nuns, led by Sister Clodagh (Deborah Kerr), are sent to a mountain in the Himalayas. The climate in the region is hostile and the nuns are housed in an odd old palace. They work to establish a school and a hospital, but slowly their focus shifts. Sister Ruth (Kathleen Byron) falls for a government worker, Mr. Dean (David Farrar), and begins to question her vow of celibacy. As Sister Ruth obsesses over Mr. Dean, Sister Clodagh becomes immersed in her own memories of love.
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Black Narcissus

Directed by Michael Powell
Emeric Pressburger
Produced by Michael Powell
Emeric Pressburger
Screenplay by Michael Powell
Emeric Pressburger
Based on Black Narcissus
by Rumer Godden
Starring Deborah Kerr
Kathleen Byron
David Farrar
Flora Robson
Jean Simmons
Music by Brian Easdale
Cinematography Jack Cardiff
Edited by Reginald Mills
Distributed by General Film Distributors(UK), Universal-International (USA)
Release date
  • 26 May 1947
Running time
100 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget £280,000 (or $1.2 million)

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Weight 0.5 lbs
Dimensions 5.3 × 0.5 × 7.3 in


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