Innocents [Criterion Collection]

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Synopsis

In this lugubrious but brilliantly realized adaptation of Henry James' classic novella The Turn of the Screw, 19th century British governess Miss Giddens (Deborah Kerr) arrives at a bleak mansion to take care of Flora (Pamela Franklin) and Miles (Martin Stephens), the wealthy household's two children. Outwardly the children are little darlings, but the governess begins to feel that there's something unwholesome behind those beatific smiles. After several disturbing examples of the children's evil impulses, Miss Giddens gets information from the housekeeper (Megs Jenkins) that suggests that the children may be possessed by malign spirits -- or are all these events just the products of Miss Giddens's own imagination? The best and most frightening vignette in The Innocents occurs when the governess casually kisses young Miles, then recoils in horror when she realizes that someone other than Miles has kissed her back. Unlike many CinemaScope productions, The Innocents plays better in the claustrophobic confines of the TV screen. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Product Details

Release Date
9/23/14 
Studio
20th Century Fox
MPAA Rating
NR -- Not rated
Length
1 hour, 40 minutes
Sound
  • Dolby Digital Mono
Region
  • USA & territories, Canada
Video Features
  • 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 Clank, and script supervisor Pamela Mann Francis
  • Trailer
Number of Discs
1

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