BLACK NARCISSUS (NR, 101 min., The Archers, Universal, Dec. 1947 – US)
BLACK NARCISSUS is a Powell & Pressburger film – at the height of Powell & Pressburger’s ascendancy. It’s also one of Cinematographer Jack Cardiff’s masterpieces. Shot in 1946 with only ancient arc lights to shape the light on set, shot entirely at Pinewood Studios, Cardiff worked magic that has to be seen to be believed. And even then…
This is a good opportunity to recommend a wonderful book: Jack Cardiff’s autobiography, Magic Hour (Faber & Faber Publishers)
Directors: Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger, Writers: Rumer Godden (Adapted from the novel by), Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger, Producers: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger, Cinematographer: Jack Cardiff, Composer: Brian Easdale, Editor: Reginald Mills, Production Designer: Alfred Junge
CAST: Deborah Kerr, Flora Robson, Jenny Laird, Judith Furse, Kathleen Byron, Esmond Knight, Sabu
Watched on Blu ray from The Criterion Collection
*Every Monday I watch a classic or historically significant movie that falls into one of these categories: 1) Have never seen it, or 2) Have never seen it uncut, or 3) Have only seen it once, or 4) Haven’t seen it in a very long time.
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