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Black Narcissus (1947)


Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director Michael Powell and filmmaker Martin Scorsese Rating:8.0/10 (8 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by win04017 on January 29th, 2011:Find all reviews by win04017
First of all, I love Black Narcissus. It is undoubtedly one of my favorite Criterion releases, especially with the Blu upgrade. However, I was a bit dissappointed in this commentary. I love hearing what Scorsese has to say usually in featurettes, etc and was very excited for input from Michael Powell, the brilliant director. Powell makes most of the contributions and what he does say is interesting for the most part. There are frequent gaps in the commentary though and a couple of times I actually forgot that I was listening to a commentary due to the long gaps of silence(probably more a testament to the brilliance of the film and it's ability to suck me in than anything). Don't get me wrong, it's definitely worth a spin for the insight that Powell brings to the table, I just can't agree with the consensus yet that this is a 9/10 commentary.
Reviewed by musíl65 on May 2nd, 2024:Find all reviews by musíl65
This track was transfered form a laserdisc. Powell dominates the track. He mumbles a lot. You had to listen carefully. He talks about The Arches, the script, the actors, Technicolor, the shooting in Pinewood, the art department and the censorship. There are gaps.

Scorsese has like always good points. He talks about the reception of this movie and why it is so special. Great.

A solid track. 8 out of 10.