The InnocentsDirector: Jack Clayton, Deborah Kerr, Megs Jenkins, Pamela Franklin
In this lugubrious but brilliantly realized adaptation of Henry James' classic novella The Turn of the Screw, 19th century British governess Miss Giddens (Deborah Kerr) arrives at a bleak mansion to take care of Flora (Pamela Franklin) and Miles (Martin Stephens), the wealthy household's two children. Outwardly the children are little darlings, but the governess begins to feel that there's something unwholesome behind those beatific smiles. After several disturbing examples of the children's evil impulses, Miss Giddens gets information from the housekeeper (Megs Jenkins) that suggests that the children may be possessed by malign spirits -- or are all these events just the products of Miss Giddens's own imagination? The best and most frightening vignette in The Innocents occurs when the governess casually kisses young Miles, then recoils in horror when she realizes that someone other than Miles has kissed her back. Unlike many CinemaScope productions, The Innocents plays better in the claustrophobic confines of the TV screen.
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Cast & Crew
|Deborah Kerr||Miss Giddens|
|Megs Jenkins||Mrs. Grose|
|Michael Redgrave||The Uncle|
|Peter Wyngarde||Peter Quint|
|Clytie Jessop||Miss Jessel|
|Georges Auric||Score Composer|
|Sophie Devine||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Peter James||Set Decoration/Design|
|Wilfred Shingleton||Production Designer|
|Lambert Williamson||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Henry James||Source Author|
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With a superb cast, brilliant cinematography, and the English theatrical aplomb to pull it all off, this is easily the best cinematic adaptation of THE TURN OF THE SCREW--ever. The screenplay is by Truman Capote and William Archibald, based on WA's play of the same name. It's clutch-your-chest frightening in its intensity--a true masterpiece of the genre. Clayton's direction is white-knuckle incisive, especially in the scenes where Deborah Kerr questions her sanity, as well as in her scenes with the young and brilliant Martin Stephens as Miles. It's literate and terrifying work all around. Psychological thrillers/ghost stories don't get any better than this! The opening title sequence, with its creeping camerawork, environmental sounds, and randomly twittering birds, is especially unsettling and heightens one's senses and expectations in exactly the way the telling of an old-fashioned ghost story does. Brilliant.
A genuine masterpiece in every way.
absolutely the best adaptation of this novella.black and white film adds to the terror. no blood and gore, is a very well done intense psychological thriller.
This film is a must have for those who love the horror film genre. This version is without question the best adaption of Henry James' novel ever filmed.
I'm truly disapointed about the delivery system for international shipments. I took over a month to get the DVD when in the B&N it is offered for 4-7 business days, and only by calling to complain you get the explanation about how much you have to way.