Monday, 28 November 2011

Review of The Innocents


Fig 1 Poster


Fig 2 ' Miles and Giddens'


Fig 3 'Giddens and Flora'


The film ‘The Innocents’ is based In Victorian England, the uncle of orphaned niece Flora and nephew Miles hires Miss Giddens as governess to raise the children with total independence and authority. Little do they know that strangely the children are possess by the ghosts which is their father that is very much haunting son Miles.


“The story’s profound, unsettling ambiguity is perfectly served by Georges Auric’s soundtrack of laughs and whispers”.  (Walters 2006) The theme of the scares are just the taste of hunger and a threaten to putting the character into a trapped position, where it puts them off-guard.   Although the stage set is defined to being dark which setting of the story of the innocent is based on a dark candle light horror story. This gives the feel a disturbing atmosphere in the wake of the haunting. As the room setting is all large big what gives the overall stage an expanded view of the room.  

“As a ghost story, it works perfectly - through its restraint as much as anything else - even if it politely sidesteps much of the original story's sexual undertones.” (Pulver 2006) The film ‘The Innocent’ is mostly disturbing to the scene of the desire evolving Miles and Giddens kissing. This may show Miles likes Giddens and could like her in an intimate way. Maybe Miles could be playing games with Giddens and putting of guard. Miles and Flora may have caught their parents having sex, which is why they have the knowledge of being aroused by what they see.  This is why they are grown up but at the same time is gaining knowledge of what they come across.  

“Potent symbolism – a beetle crawling out of a statue’s mouth, for example. The work of cinematographer Freddie Francis, with its deep focus and gloomy shadows”.  (Berriman 2010) the photography from Freddie Francis captures great dark imagery. Which symbolize a statue where a insect crawls at of the mouth what is rather disgusting. But shows a disturbing approach as it’s meant to be unexpected also to open up a creepy atmosphere to the scene.  But it’s like another leading to something mysterious leading to the unknown.  

List of Illustrations:

Fig 1 The Innocents’ Poster finalgirl.blogspot.com

Fig 2 ‘Miles and Giddens’ internationalcinemareview.blogspot.com

Fig 3 ‘Giddens and Flora’ avforums.com

Bibliography:

Ben Walters (2006) ‘Timeout London’
(Accessed on 26/11/11)

Andrew Pulver (2006) ‘The Guardian’
(Accessed on 26/11/11)

Ian Berriman (2010) ‘SFX’
(Accessed on 26/11/11)


1 comment:

  1. Hey Amrit - good to see you getting your review on here - but, I need to be honest with you; much of what you've written doesn't actually make sense in plain English terms: for example:

    "Little do they know that strangely the children are possess by the ghosts which is their father that is very much haunting son Miles."

    or

    "The theme of the scares are just the taste of hunger and a threaten to putting the character into a trapped position, where it puts them off-guard. Although the stage set is defined to being dark which setting of the story of the innocent is based on a dark candle light horror story. This gives the feel a disturbing atmosphere in the wake of the haunting. As the room setting is all large big what gives the overall stage an expanded view of the room. "

    None of this makes sense, Amrit. I know you struggle with this - but in all honesty you shouldn't be publishing this because it's so mixed-up. You also seem very confused in regard to the actual plot! I want you to take this review down and re-work in Word or similar until it at least is written in good, readable English.

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