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Sir Christopher Frayling explores the journey from Henry James's original novella, The Turn of the Screw, via critical debates and the stage version of The Innocents, to the screenplay by Archibald, Capote and Mortimer. Making full use of the unpublished Jack Clayton archive, the book also includes interviews with Deborah Kerr and Freddie Francis.
Paperback, 128 pages
Published November 8th 2013 by British Film Institute
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An excellent introduction to the superb Jack Clayton film. Frayling discusses the Henry James source material and its fortunes with the critics (including the Freudian interpretation by Edmund Wilson that influenced the eventual screenplay), the play by William Archibald that became a foundation for the film, the film itself with a lot of informative detail about its production, and a short chapter on its release. The writing of the screenplay is an especially interesting section as Frayling goe ...more