Climate Control

         I would definitely say that historical and cultural climate plays a role in films. As with Jack Clayton’s 1961 The Innocents, based on Henry James’s 1898 The Turn of the Screw, even the language used describes this. For example, the word “governess” is used. I had never even heard the word until this film. Then I realized it is similar to “nanny.”

         Also, it is obvious when it was filmed that certain things are not acceptable in the cultural climate of the time. For example, when it is described how the former governess, Miss Jessel (Clytie Jessop), and Peter Quint (Peter Wyngarde) meet their deaths, it does not go into graphic detail. The Innocents is done in good taste, and I wish more horror movies were done so well. A film does not have to show blood and guts to be scary.

Misty Hays

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