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BFI Film Classics

The Innocents

Authors: Frayling, Christopher

  • Professor Sir Christopher Frayling has an internationally outstanding reputation he is former Chairman of the Arts Council England and Rector of the Royal College of Art
  • Contains rare and previously unpublished material from the Jack Clayton archive, along with interviews with Deborah Kerr and screenwriter John Mortimer
  • Published in a special edition with limited edition cover artwork, as part of the BFI's prestigious Gothic season
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Jack Clayton's gothic masterpiece The Innocents, though not a commercial success on its release in 1961, has been hailed as one of the greatest psychological thrillers of all time. Dividing reviewers with its ambiguous depiction of ghosts, the film ignited a debate about the aesthetics of horror which still rages today.

In this stimulating introduction to The Innocents, Sir Christopher Frayling traces the film from its genesis in the original novel The Turn of The Screw by Henry James, via contemporary critical contexts and William Archibald's 1950 stage adaptation of the same name, to the screenplay by William Archibald, Truman Capote and John Mortimer. Drawing on unpublished material from Jack Clayton's archive – including Capote's handwritten drafts for the film – and interviews with Deborah Kerr, Freddie Francis, and John Mortimer, Frayling explores how this classic ghost story came to life on screen.

This special edition features original cover artwork by Matthew Young.

About the authors

SIR CHRISTOPHER FRAYLING was until recently Rector of the Royal College of Art, Chair of Arts Council England, a Trustee of the Victoria and Albert Museum and a Governor of the BFI. An award-winning broadcaster on radio and television, his books include Vampyres: Lord Byron to Count Dracula (1992), Nightmare: The Birth of Horror (1996), Ken Adam: The Art of Production Design (2005) and Sergio Leone: Once Upon a Time in Italy (2005).

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eBook $18.95
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  • ISBN 978-1-84457-862-7
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $19.95
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-84457-343-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Online orders shipping within 2-3 days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Innocents
Authors
Series Title
BFI Film Classics
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Palgrave BFI
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-84457-862-7
DOI
10.1007/978-1-84457-862-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-84457-343-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
V, 115
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