The Innocents Film Still

The Innocents

Jack Clayton

The Innocents (Criterion Blu-Ray)

23 Sep 2014


1 Disc

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  • United States
  • 1961
  • 100 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 2.35:1
  • English
  • Spine #727

This genuinely frightening, exquisitely made supernatural gothic stars Deborah Kerr 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, cowritten by Truman Capote and directed by Jack Clayton, The Innocents is a triumph of narrative economy and technical expressiveness, from its chilling sound design to the stygian depths of its widescreen cinematography by Freddie Francis.


DirectorJack Clayton
Produced byJack Clayton
Executive producerAlbert Fennell
ScreenplayWilliam Archibald and Truman Capote
Based on the story “The Turn of the Screw” byHenry James
Additional scenes and dialogue byJohn Mortimer
Director of photographyFreddie Francis
Art directorWilfred Shingleton
EditorJames Clark
Costumes designed byMotley
Music composed byGeorges Auric
Conducted byW. Lambert Williamson
Lyric “O Willow Waly” byPaul Dehn

Disc Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • 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 Pamela Mann Francis
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Maitland McDonagh

    New cover by Kate Zambrano

Other Editions

The Innocents (Criterion DVD)

23 Sep 2014


1 Disc

SRP: $29.95

Criterion Store price:$23.96

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