The Innocents

The Innocents

Deborah Kerr
Director: Jack Clayton Cast: Deborah Kerr
Deborah Kerr
, Megs Jenkins
Megs Jenkins
, Pamela Franklin
Pamela Franklin
Jack Clayton

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Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/23/2014
UPC: 0715515126816
Original Release: 1961
Source: Criterion
Region Code: A
Time: 1:40:00
Sales rank: 1,383

Special Features

Introduction by cultural historian Christopher Frayling; Audio commentary featuring Frayling; New interview with cinematographer John Bailey about director of photography Freddie Francis and the look of the film; New piece on the making of the film, featuring interviews from 2006 with Francis, editor Jim Clark, and script supervisor Pamel Mann Francis; Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Deborah Kerr Miss Giddens
Megs Jenkins Mrs. Grose
Pamela Franklin Flora
Martin Stephens Miles
Michael Redgrave The Uncle
Peter Wyngarde Peter Quint
Clytie Jessop Miss Jessel
Isla Cameron Anna
Eric Woodburn Coachman

Technical Credits
Jack Clayton Director,Producer
William Archibald Screenwriter
Georges Auric Score Composer
Truman Capote Screenwriter
Jim Clark Editor
Paul Dehn Songwriter
Sophie Devine Costumes/Costume Designer
Albert Fennell Producer
Harold Fletcher Makeup
Freddie Francis Cinematographer
Peter James Set Decoration/Design
John Mortimer Screenwriter
Motley Costumes/Costume Designer
Wilfred Shingleton Production Designer
Lambert Williamson Musical Direction/Supervision
Henry James Source Author

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