Sound Of Cinema: Night Waves

Thursday 19 September



A landmark edition of Night Waves recorded at the British Film Institute as part of the BBC’s Sound Of Cinema season as Matthew Sweet and guests examine the British gothic horror classic, The Innocents.

Matthew and guests are joined by an audience at the British Film Institute to examine how the combination of cinematography, the script of William Archibald and Truman Capote, Georges Auric's original music and the direction of Jack Clayton created a masterpiece that terrified even the critics.

The Innocents is a supernatural horror film based on the novella The Turn Of The Screw by Henry James starring Deborah Kerr as Miss Giddens, the young governess who begins her first assignment caring for two orphaned children on a remote estate. She becomes convinced that the house and grounds are haunted - the film achieving its gothic effects through lighting, music and direction rather than conventional shocks, as viewers follow the increasingly erratic behaviour and visible deterioration of the ever present governess. But are people watching a real ghost story or is this just the projection of the imagination of the repressed governess?

Presenter / Matthew Sweet, Producer/ Fiona McLean for the BBC

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