Henry James's classic ghost story of psychological suspense provides the basis for this Masterpiece Theatre presentation. Jodhi May, with her warm and open demeanor, is perfectly cast as "Miss," the generically named governess at a grand British estate. Her charges are two seemingly angelic little orphans. Miss can't believe her good fortune at landing such a delightful job.
Her first impressions are all good - the house is beautiful, the housekeeper (Pam Ferris) is friendly, the children are lovely and the job is a perfect delight. But then, she sees the ghosts of the former valet, Peter Quint and a previous governess, Miss Jessel, and everything changes. The young governess is convinced that the children can see the ghosts, that they can communicate with them, and and that their very souls are in danger. Miss becomes obsessed with protecting her precious "little creatures" from the vile phantasms. She feels she alone can save them from a horrifying fate.
The movie is satisfyingly spooky and makes us jump in all the right places. The children, Flora (Grace Robinson) and Miles (Joe Sowerbutts), are genuinely creepy. "When I'm bad, Miss, I really am extremely bad," asserts little Miles, and we believe him. This provocative adaptation of The Turn of the Screw breathes new life into James's morbid Victorian obsession with sexuality and morality.
Not my rip. Thanks to original capper.
Format : AVI
File size : 792 MiB
Duration : 1h 22mn
Codec ID : divx
Width : 720 pixels
Height : 480 pixels
Frame rate : 29.970 fps
Standard : NTSC