Black Narcissus

Black Narcissus

Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger • 1947 • United Kingdom

This explosive work about the conflict between the spirit and the flesh is the epitome of the sensuous style of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. A group of nuns, played by some of Britain's finest actresses, including Deborah Kerr, Kathleen Byron, and Flora Robson, struggle to establish a convent in the Himalayas, while isolation, extreme weather, altitude, and culture clashes all conspire to drive the well-intentioned missionaries mad. A darkly grand film that won Oscars for Alfred Junge's art direction and Jack Cardiff's cinematography, Black Narcissus is one of the greatest achievements by two of cinema's true visionaries.

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Black Narcissus
  • Black Narcissus

    Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger • 1947 • United Kingdom

    This explosive work about the conflict between the spirit and the flesh is the epitome of the sensuous style of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. A group of nuns, played by some of Britain's finest actresses, includ...

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  • Bertrand Tavernier

    French filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier has long championed the films of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, and he was close to Powell for many years. This introduction to BLACK NARCISSUS was recorded for the Institut Lumière in 2006.

  • The Audacious Adventurer

    In this 2006 interview, filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier recalls his friend the director Michael Powell and Powell’s stories about the making of BLACK NARCISSUS.

  • Painting with Light

    This piece about renowned cinematographer Jack Cardiff’s Oscar-winning work on Black Narcissus was made in 2000 by Craig McCall.