12A
1hr 40mins

Widely acknowledged as the definitive film adaptation of Henry James’ acclaimed 1898 novella, “The Turn of the Screw,” The Innocents is the Team Choice selection from Maddie in sales and marketing.

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Team Choice
Jack Clayton
12A
Horror
Contains moderate horror
English

Acclaimed director Jack Clayton (Our Mother’s House, Room at the Top, The Great Gatsby) delivers one of the most aesthetically and intellectually captivating films of the twentieth century with this beautifully envisioned triumph of British horror cinema.

Much of the film’s unique atmosphere draws from its haunting score and sound design, which famously pioneered the use of synthesised electronic sounds and boasts one of the eeriest lullabies in cinema history thanks to the song-writing talents of Georges Auric and Paul Dehn. Clayton’s skilful use of black and white film with CinemaScope technology enhances the richness of the stunning shooting locations and distinctively minimal lighting design, while Truman Capote’s intriguing screenplay provides ample sustenance for a supremely talented cast of adult and child actors.

Deborah Kerr (Black Narcissus, The King and I) delivers an exquisite performance as doe-eyed protagonist, Miss Giddens, whose life is unsettled when an affluent bachelor (Michael Redgrave) recruits her to take full responsibility for his orphaned niece and nephew by serving as their live-in governess at his country estate. Giddy with excitement as Miss Giddens is when she arrives at the opulent Bly Manor, her dream job swiftly turns into a nightmare as caring for little Flora (Pamela Franklin) and Miles (Martin Stephens) proves a more challenging task than expected.

Dealing with themes of childhood trauma, familial neglect, and emotional repression, The Innocents asks far more questions than it answers, leaving us in the end with the uneasy sense that all may not be quite as it seems – not in the dark rooms and passages of Bly Manor, nor in the haunted recesses of Miss Giddens’ mind.

Maddie says: “If I were forced to choose one horror film to watch for the rest of my life, The Innocents may well be it.”

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