Ghosts Movies and Books

         I guess throughout the entire duration of this class there were a few movies that really stood out. The one that really caught my eye though was The Innocents, directed in 1961 by Jack Clayton. The movie was basically so good because of the skilled abilities of the actors, young and old, as well as the depiction of the story. This movie did The Turn of the Screw, written in 1898 by Henry James, great justice.

         Movies need a good cast to really make a good movie. This film got the best cast it could to really strengthen the essence of the story. The actors were so great. They seemed to really be into there roles, displaying great skill throughout the duration of the film. The actors almost felt like they came straight out of the book, which is impossible of course, but they were just excellent. The children, Miles and Flora, played by Martin Stephens and Pamela Franklin, were what made this movie however. They combined there acting skills with the creepy children characters from the book, to create a powerful duo. The Turn of the Screwís characters were played perfectly in The Innocents.

         Most movies that you watch that are based off of novels just really do not cut it. They never seem to cover the right parts of the story, they never have the right actors, and they just simply do not do it right. The Innocents was the opposite of this. The movie took you through the spooky life that the governess takes on just like the book. The scenes throughout the movie are almost identical to how I pictured them as I read the novel. The films director, Jack Clayton, really worked off of the book it seems. The movie was so powerful because of this.

         The Innocents is obviously not the same thing as The Turn of the Screw. It is, however, as close as anyone could possibly get it. The actors really empowered the original characters from the novella, making this movie quite splendid to watch. The director really worked in the most perfect parts of the book to make this movie worthwhile. Overall, The Innocents really captures the full essence of The Turn of the Screw.

Shaun Brown