Jack Clayton

The Innocents

The Innocents

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.

Film Info

  • Jack Clayton
  • United States
  • 1961
  • 100 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 2.35:1
  • English
  • Spine #727

Special 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

Purchase Options

Special 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

The Innocents
Cast
Deborah Kerr
Miss Giddens
Michael Redgrave
The uncle
Megs Jenkins
Mrs. Grose
Peter Wyngarde
Peter Quint
Martin Stephens
Miles
Pamela Franklin
Flora
Isla Cameron
Anna
Clytie Jessop
Miss Jessel
Credits
Director
Jack Clayton
Produced by
Jack Clayton
Executive producer
Albert Fennell
Screenplay
William Archibald
Screenplay
Truman Capote
Based on the story “The Turn of the Screw” by
Henry James
Additional scenes and dialogue by
John Mortimer
Director of photography
Freddie Francis
Art director
Wilfred Shingleton
Editor
James Clark
Costumes designed by
Motley
Music composed by
Georges Auric
Conducted by
W. Lambert Williamson
Lyric “O Willow Waly” by
Paul Dehn

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