The Innocents

The Innocents

Directed by Jack Clayton • 1961 • United States
Starring Deborah Kerr, Michael Redgrave, Megs Jenkins

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.

The Innocents
  • The Innocents

    Directed by Jack Clayton • 1961 • United States
    Starring Deborah Kerr, Michael Redgrave, Megs Jenkins

    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 pre...

Extras

  • John Bailey on THE INNOCENTS

    In this interview, conducted in May 2014, cinematographer John Bailey discusses director of photography Freddie Francis’s innovations for THE INNOCENTS and how he and director Jack Clayton achieved the look of the film.

  • Freddie Francis, Jim Clark, and Pamela Mann on THE INNOCENTS

    In this piece, produced in 2014, cinematographer Freddie Francis, editor Jim Clark, and script supervisor Pamela Mann Francis discuss the production of THE INNOCENTS. The interviews were conducted in 2006.