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The Innocents

When: Fri., April 8, 9 p.m. 2011

One of the best films of Henry James' works—and probably the best adaptation of his classic The Turn of the Screw—is 1961's The Innocents, directed by Jack Clayton from a screenplay co-written by Truman Capote. Deborah Kerr stars as the governess assigned to watch over two children on an isolated estate; she becomes increasingly convinced they're possessed by the ghosts of two previous servants. Or are they? The great skill of the film is that it plays up the ambiguity present in James' novella, never making it clear if there is really evil afoot or if the repressed governess is just tormenting the children with her delusions. Unpopular at the time, it's since become recognized as a masterpiece of psychological horror (with Capote credited for giving it a touch of Southern gothic atmosphere); no less than Martin Scorsese ranks it among the scariest films ever made. Shayne Legassie introduces the free screening, which starts at 9 p.m. —Zack Smith

Price: Free

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