Featured image for “The Innocents”
Shown: January 2, 2015 at 6pm

Director : Jack Clayton

Country : UK

Release Date : 1961

Duration : 100 mins

Language : English

Subtitles : No

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 …

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)