The Innocents

The Innocents ★★★★½

Viewed on DVD

Criterion Collection #727

Hoop-Tober #12

Criteria:
- Country: UK
- Decade: 1960's

Miles: What shall I sing to my lord from my window? What shall I sing for my lord will not stay? What shall I sing for my lord will not listen? Where shall I go when my lord is away? Whom shall I love when the moon is arisen? Gone is my lord and the grave is his prison. What shall I say when my lord comes a calling? What shall I say when he knocks on my door? What shall I say when his feet enter softly? Leaving the marks of his grave on my floor. Enter my lord. Come from your prison. Come from your grave, for the moon is a risen. Welcome, my lord.


First off, The Innocents (1961) is a classic example of an underrated film.
I'm very happy The Criterion Collection got their hands on it. At least more people will be drawn to it.
Deborah Kerr's performance is excellent as an inexperienced Governess who moves into a victorian mansion to take care of a couple of orphaned children.
Ms. Giddens (Deborah Kerr) learns of the fate of the previous governess and her lover, their relationship with the children and their possible return from the grave to possess the children.

The Innocents (1961) is eerie throughout and very beautiful to look at.

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