Rating: 3 of 5. Black Narcissus is, for me, Powell and Pressburger at their peak, at their finest. Print. The writer-producer-director team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger -- known corporately as "The Archers" -- did their best to change that perception, and nowhere did they challenge it more forcefully than with Black Narcissus. Black Narcissus was one of Criterion's first Laserdiscs — released with analog audio, it had no extras other than an audio commentary with Martin Scorsese and Michael Powell. Also included is a profile on the making of the movie with interviews with Byron and Cardiff (25 min.). Stars: Deborah Kerr, David Farrar, Kathleen Byron, Sabu, Jean Simmons Directors: Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger Audio: PCM Mono Video: Standard 1.33:1 Studio: Criterion Features: See Review Length: 101 Minutes Release Date: J uly 20, 2010 "You love … I had no complaints or concerns whatsoever about the British Blu-ray disc, and the same holds true for the film's expectedly wonderful treatment by Criterion. 298 - Why 'WandaVision' Makes the MCU's Future Exciting. "There's something in the atmosphere that makes everything seem exaggerated." An all-time film classic and amazing photography, Reviewed in the United States on July 1, 2014. A review of the Criterion Blu-ray. 709 Results . Reviewed in the United States on January 4, 2018. Covering the hottest movie and TV topics that fans want. Brian Easdale's brilliant score underlines the changing moods and the mounting terror, but never overwhelms the action. Reviewed in the United States on September 10, 2012, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressberger made a number of, Reviewed in the United States on November 4, 2015. Review by Michael Jacobson. Black Narcissus is, for me, Powell and Pressburger at their peak, at their finest. With Deborah Kerr, David Farrar, Flora Robson, Jenny Laird. Criterion's Blu-ray release of Black Narcissus has been culled from the same master that ITV used for the British high definition release in 2008. No, this will never appear to the lowest common denominator, so kiddies beware. Though it might be fair to say that a number of the great British directors weren’t sensualists, but even there if you watch the films of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, there is great passion, and great sensuality. The go-to source for comic book and superhero movie fans. ), and another Tavernier piece (17 min.) Reviewed in the United States on December 14, 2017. The film went through a recent restoration, and as such it looks much better than their previous versions, though not as excellent as their recent Red Shoes restoration. Strangers in Strange Lands: Encountering the Exotic in I Know Where I’m Going! 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My review of Criterion’s Blu-ray of Black Narcissus after the jump. The use of light and artistic backgrounds throw me deep into the Himalayas mountain top with constant feel of wind blowing. Sister Clodah (Deborah Kerr) is put in charge of the new convent, and though she thinks she's up to the task, she is viewed as too young and too arrogant for the assignment. 1st time I was a young girl, it was shown in black and white, with commercials, and it still held a 10 year olds attention. Learning that the entire film, set in the high Himalyas, is, in fact filmed in the studio is mind-blowing. He should know — he's seen the palace go through many hands, and perhaps because the temple used to be the home of the old rajah's kept women, something about the location makes it hard for people to remain dedicated to their passions while staying there. The magnificent presentation is just as staggering as it must have been when projected over fifty years ago. Whereas that ending was enhanced by Powell & Pressburger’s amplified use of color and dread in the second half of the film, here it feels like a different show (and maybe a better one given most viewers … … Personally I found it to be long and tedious, though it did have its moments. 16, Issue 3. by Randy Pitman. The long shots and landscapes are breathtaking. Criterion collection, 4x3, color, English subtitles, lots of extras, very good print, 101 minutes, though it seemed much longer, lots of narrations. Okay, let's get real. The film is presented in its original academy ratio (1.33:1) and in a 2.0 monaural soundtrack. Her makeup job near the end of the film as she’s going mad is an image that will stay with you. The movie is a five-star masterpiece and you simply must ignore the incoherent babbling of the disgruntled few who aren't even talking about the product pictured on this page. But now there is a Bertrand Tavernier video essay on the film (9 min. The feature is an excerpt of a longer career-profile documentary on Cardiff, but it includes some nice bits of information on the film, and on the Technicolor process as well. Reviewed in the United States on March 15, 2020. The British nuns arrive in this foreign land to change their new environment, but the film shows us that these characters are more affected by their surroundings, rather than having any effect upon them. Yet people from India thought they recognized settings! We purchased the DVD format. There's also a local prince (Sabu) who has come to receive an education, but unfortunately is an eligible bachelor — stylish and intriguing and wearing Black Narcissus, cologne from England. The only scenes not filmed in the studio are two or three in which people are riding horses or something along an outside path, and they were filmed near the studio, not in India. 'The Suicide Squad' Official Synopsis Teases a New Crew & Another Bonkers Mission, More Black Narcissus is, for me, Powell and Pressburger at their peak, at their finest. Reviewed in the United States on April 18, 2020. But equally, it's Powell's use of the colorful Himalayas to imply the inner passions of the nuns that makes the photography so excellent — a brilliant creative choice, and the film smolders because of it.