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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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* New, restored high-definition digital transfer, created with the participation of cinematographer Jack Cardiff and director Michael Powell’s widow, editor Thelma Schoonmaker Powell (with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition) * Video introduction by filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier * Audio commentary featuring Powell and director Martin Scorsese * The Audacious Adventurer, 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 on Black Narcissus * Original theatrical trailer * PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Kent Jones

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