In the first stanza Thomas says what he expects people who are close to death should do. He urges them to live life to its full extent even if they know that it is at an end. The next four stanzas go on to describe the kind of people who do not give in to death easily. They need to make people see the truth of their words.
Critical analysis[ edit ] The Innocents has received attention from academics and specialists in film theorybeginning with the literary theorist Edmund Wilsonwho wrote extensively on the film's source novella, insisting that the supernatural phenomena were in fact the product of Miss Giddens' own sexual repression.
Hogan reiterated the film's underlying themes of sexual repression becoming the focus of supernatural activity, and compared elements of the film to Robert Wise 's The Hauntingbased on The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson.
A Pictorial Recordfilm writer Anthony Slide noted: Now this was long before I read the notes on Henry James and found that somebody else also imagines that Henry James wrote it this way—sort of almost Freudian hallucinations the governess had.
Clayton needed to maintain a sense of claustrophobia and, at the same time, open up the play, which took place entirely in the drawing room of the house. Clayton saw the house as one of the characters in the film and used it as such to highlight certain scenes. Frayling also notes a Southern Gothic feel present in Capote's script alterations — particularly with the governess's repressed erotic sensibility counterpointed by shots of lush and decaying plants and rapacious insect life.
Director Clayton, though, chose to downplay this aspect in the finished film, to preserve the ambiguity between the ghost story and Freudian element. There are stills of the scene that circulated at the time, but during production Clayton elected to open with darkness, a song sung by a little boy, and the image of Kerr's hands that are clasped in prayer, with her rosary between her fingers.
Gradually Kerr's face is highlighted. The opening creates a sense of intimacy and, perhaps, trust that the governess should be trusted, but the use of darkness surrounding her suggests that it is possible that the story that follows could be nothing more than in her own mind — isolated and creating its own supernatural world, according to Frayling.
For the first 45 seconds of the film, the screen is black and singing is heard, and only after this do the credits appear. Clayton, who had previously made films associated with the British New Wavetook on the project specifically to avoid being typecast as a New Wave director, and to work in a different genre.
Francis won the Oscar for Best Cinematographer for his work on the earlier film. Francis used deep focus and narrowly aimed the lighting towards the centre of the screen. He described The Innocents as "a real pleasure to edit, since Jack had a very certain approach to his material, having worked out everything beforehand.
He was a perfectionist who left nothing to chance, and was very precise in his approach to work. Clark recalled that on the evening of the pre-release critics' screening, Clayton went into a rage because, through no fault of her own, his personal assistant Jeanie Sims was late in phoning him with the critics' reactions.
When Sims called Clark to Clayton's office the next day, he discovered that Clayton had completely smashed a large plaster scale model of Bly House, and was refusing to speak to either of them.
In spite of this rift, Clark and Clayton gradually repaired their friendship, and Clayton subsequently invited Clark to edit his next film, The Pumpkin Eater. These "spectral massed sine tones " were incorporated into the film's sound design, though Oram was not credited for them. In the United Kingdom, the original classification in given by the British Board of Film Censors now the British Board of Film Classification or BBFC had been the "X" rating, which meant that no person under the age of 16 years would be allowed into the cinema to see it.
In North America, 20th Century Fox devised a marketing campaign that branded the film a "strange new experience in shock". And especially do we fear they will be let down by the lucent performance of Deborah Kerr as the supposedly morbid young woman who is the focal figure in the tale". They have obviously failed to perceive that in suggesting a normal, everyday basis for supernatural phenomena, they must inevitably relieve the spectator of his nameless horror of what might happen.
But isn't horror, when all's said and done, the one important experience this tale is intended to communicate? The film was entered into the Cannes Film Festival.
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