The Innocents (1961)
The Innocents is a near-faithful adaption of Henry James’s classic Victorian ghost story, The Turn of the Screw. Intelligently directed by Jack Clayton, the film boasts exquisite black&white cinematography, a haunting musical score, subtle chills, and sensitive acting.
Deborah Kerr stars as the repressed spinster Miss Giddons, who is hired by The Uncle (Michael Redgrave) to care for his young nephew and niece at an isolated country mansion while he remains in London. Martin Stephens and Pamela Franklin portray the eerily charming children, Miles and Flora, who may, or may not be, possessed by the malevolent spirits of Miss Jessel and Quint.
Darkly lit and filled with fleeting images- memorable scenes include: Flora waltzing in the gazebo as Miss Jessel watches from the middle of the lake where she floats upon lily pads. The ghost of Quint terrorizing Miss Giddons during a game of hide and seek. And never was a child more chilling than Miles with his simple words, “It was only the wind, my dear.”