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Uniform Title Black narcissus (Motion picture : 1947)
Title Black narcissus [videorecording] / J. Arthur Rank presents ; a production of the Archers ; written, produced, and directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger.

Imprint [New York] : Criterion Collection, [2010]


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library DVD    BLA    Available
Edition Special ed.
Description 1 videodisc (101 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Series Criterion collection ; 93
Criterion collection (DVD videodiscs) ; 93.
Note Originally released as a motion picture in 1947.
Adapted from the novel by Rumer Godden.
Special features: video introduction by Bertrand Tavernier ; audio commentary (Michael Powell, Martin Scorsese) ; episode of Les audaces d'un aventurier (The audacious adventurer), par Bertrand Tavernier (ca. 15 min.) ; A profile of Black narcissus (ca. 25 min.) ; Painting with light (ca. 30 min.) ; theatrical trailer ; booklet with essay by critic Kent Jones.
Credits Photography, Jack Cardiff ; editor, Reginald Mills ; music, Brian Easdale.
Cast Deborah Kerr, Sabu, David Farrar, Flora Robson, Esmond Knight, Jean Simmons, Kathleen Byron, Jenny Laird, Judith Furse, May Hallatt, Eddie Whaley Jr., Shaun Noble, Nancy Roberts.
Summary Majesty gives way to mystery, and marks a harrowing descent into madness, when a young British nun is ordered to establish a convent in the remote Himalayan mountains. Sister Clodagh (Kerr) is a serious young novitiate assigned to lead a crucial mission, with the reluctant recommendation of her Mother Superior. Together with a disparate group of nuns, Sister Clodagh will face strange peoples and customs, a harsh and unforgiving climate and a wrenching struggle with her own past that will prove the ultimate test of her devotion and faith.
System Details DVD, region 1, full screen (1.33:1) presentation ; Dolby Digital mono.
Language Optional subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing (SDH).
Subject Nuns -- India -- Drama.
Monasticism and religious orders for women -- Anglican Communion -- Drama.
British -- India -- Drama.
Nuns -- Sexual behavior -- Drama.
Himalaya Mountains -- Drama
Genre/Form Film adaptations
Melodramas (Motion pictures)
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Criterion collection
Added Author Powell, Michael, 1905-1990 Director. Producer.
Pressburger, Emeric, 1902-1988 Screenwriter. Producer.
Kerr, Deborah, 1921-2007. Actor.
Sabu, 1924-1963. Actor.
Farrar, David, 1908-1995. Actor.
Robson, Flora, 1902-1984 Actor.
Knight, Esmond, 1906-1987
Simmons, Jean, 1929-2010. Actor.
Byron, Kathleen, 1921-2009 Actor.
Laird, Jenny Actor.
Furse, Judith, 1912-1974. Actor.
Hallatt, May, 1876-1969 Actor.
Whaley, Eddie. Actor.
Noble, Shaun. Actor.
Roberts, Nancy Actor.
Cardiff, Jack Cinematographer.
Mills, Reginald, 1912-1990 Film editor.
Easdale, Brian, 1909-1995 Composer.
Godden, Rumer, 1907-1998. Black Narcissus.
Archers (Firm)
Independent Producers, Ltd.
Criterion Collection (Firm)
ISBN 9781604653076
Standard No. 715515061117
Music No. CC1919D Criterion Collection

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