The innocents

DVD - 2014

Deborah Kerr stars as an emotionally fragile governess who comes to suspect that there is something very, very wrong with her precocious new charges. A psychosexually intensified adaptation of Henry James's classic The Turn of the Screw, co-written by Truman Capote (In Cold Blood) and directed by Jack Clayton (Room at the Top).

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[Irvington, N.Y.] : The Criterion Collection [2014]
Other Authors
Jack Clayton, 1921-1995 (film producer), William Archibald (screenwriter), Truman Capote, 1924-1984 (-), John Mortimer, 1923-2009, Henry James, 1843-1916
DVD special edition ; DVD edition ; widescreen
Item Description
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1961.
Based on the story "The turn of the screw" by Henry James.
Special features: introduction by cultural historian Christopher Frayling; Commentary (features film scholar Christopher Frayling); John Bailey on Freddie Francis (new interview with cinematographer John Bailey about director of photography Freddie Francis and the look of the film); Between horror, fear, and beauty (new piece, cinematographer Freddie Francis, editor Jim Clark, and script supervisor Pamela Mann Francis discuss the making of the film); Trailer. Insert features an essay by critic Maitland McDonagh.
Physical Description
1 videodisc (100 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in
DVD, NTSC, region 1, widescreen (2.35:1, 16x9) presentation; monaural.
Production Credits
Photography, Freddie Francis ; editor, James Clark ; music, Georges Auric.
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Review by Library Journal Review

Starred Review. Billed as an "adult ghost story," Clayton's (Room at the Top) adaptation of Henry James's 1898 novel The Turn of the Screw stars a superlative Deborah Kerr as an emotionally delicate governess in charge of two children who may (or may not) be possessed by the dead. The beauty of the story line, coscripted by Truman Capote, lies in its tantalizing ambiguity concerning how much is real versus what exists only in the mind of Kerr's intriguing character-the sexually repressed daughter of a small-town vicar who's desperately trying to "save" her charges. Lushly atmospheric in its creative use of wide-screen cinematography, editing, and sound design, the film painstakingly re-creates its Victorian-era environs in a milieu of gothic portent that haunts long after its final shot. Restored to its original black-and-white glory, this 1961 classic is as much (or more) psychological thriller as ghost tale. VERDICT Bonus production team interviews and scholarly commentary enhance the appreciation for a picture whose reputation has only grown over the years. While most suitable for supernatural-film buffs, this must-have transcends genre appeal. [See Trailers, LJ 8/14.]-Jeff T. Dick, Davenport, IA (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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