The Innocents (Original screenplay for the 1961 film). Author: Jack Clayton (director); Truman Capote (screenwriter); Henry James (story writer); Daphne Oram (composer); Deborah Kerr, Peter Wyngarde, Michael Redgrave (starring) Title: The Innocents (Original screenplay for the 1961 film) Publication: Los Angeles: Twentieth Century-Fox, 1961. Description: Draft script for the 1961 film. Copy belonging to an unknown crew member, with their holograph ink and pencil annotations on pages 95 and 109. Adapted by Truman Capote from William Archibald's 1950 stage adaptation of the 1961 Henry James short story The Turn of the Screw.One of the most successful adaptations of a Henry James work, and a classic of literary horror films, in which Deborah Kerr plays a governess who believes her two young wards are being possessed by spirits. Prior to Capote's involvement with the script, the events occurring were presented as literally happening, but Capote's edits introduce the possibility of plausible insanity in the case of the governess as an explanation (though this is famously never clarified by the film's end). Capote worked on this script concurrently with "In Cold Blood, " and even so is said to have turned it around in only eight weeks. The film utilizes notably dramatic staging and editing, and is also the first to us synthesized electronic sounds, created by Daphne Oram. Nominated for the Palme d'Or. Shot on location in England. Black untitled wrappers with a die cut title window, noted as copy No.
32 in holograph pencil annotation. Title page present, dated February, 1961, with credits for author Henry James. 136 leaves, with last page of text numbered 136. Mimeograph duplication, rectos only, with blue undated revision pages throughout. Pages Fine, wrapper Near Fine, bound internally with three silver brads.Subject: 1960s Cinema, Actors, Film Scripts, Films with Literary Sources, Screenwriters. Royal Books is located in the midtown area of Baltimore, Maryland.
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