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THE INNOCENTS

THE INNOCENTS

  • Directed by Jack Clayton
  • Starring Deborah Kerr, Peter Wyngarde, Megs Jenkins
  • 1961 | 100mins | UK, USA | rated (12A)

In the performance of her career Deborah Kerr plays Miss Giddens, an emotionally repressed vicar’s daughter, who becomes the guardian of two, apparently angelic, orphans at a secluded stately home. When the apparitions of a late governess and her sadistic lover manifest themselves to Miss Giddens she determines to save her young charges from the their ghostly evil. But just who is corrupting whom? Jack Clayton’s superbly haunting The Innocents retains the ambiguity of Henry James’s novella The Turn of the Screw and Freddie Francis’s atmospheric and inventive photography keeps us guessing until the film’s tragic conclusion.