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The Innocents
 
 
Directed by Jack Clayton, UK 1961
100 mins. English dialogue
 
Summary:
 
In this lugubrious but brilliantly realised 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 ...
 
What the Critics say:
 
"Oozing ambiguity, Jack Clayton's shimmering gem is a masterclass in suggestion, a flawless evocation of the uncanny which pits the subconscious against the supernatural to genuinely hair-raising effect."  (Mark Kermode - The Observer)

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