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This review is from: The Turn of the Screw (Dover Thrift Editions) (Paperback)
* Henry James's The Turn of the Screw has inspired a divided critical debate, the likes of which the literary world has rarely seen. When the short novel was first published in 1898, it was published in three different versions, as a serial in Collier's Weekly and in book form with another tale, in both American and English editions. James later revised the story and published it in 1908 in the twelfth volume of the New York Edition of The Novels and Tales of Henry James. It is the 1908 version that the author preferred and to which most modern critics refer. However, no matter what version readers encounter, they may find themselves falling into one of two camps supported by critics to this day. Either the story is an excellent example of the type of ghost story that was popular at the end of the nineteenth century or it is a psychoanalytic study of the hallucinations of a madwoman.
* As a ghost story, then the tale details the classic struggle between good and evil and dealings with the supernatural. If one takes it as a psychoanalytic study, then the story emphasizes sexual repression and the sources of insanity. In either case, The Turn of the Screw has delighted readers for more than a century and continues to serve as one of the many examples of James's literary artistry, among such other notable works as The American, The Ambassadors, and The Portrait of a Lady.
1. The Innocents, 1961, Deborah Kerr
2. The Nightcomers  director Michael Winner: When their parents die in an accident, Flora and Miles are cared for by Miss Jessel (Beacham) the governess and Mrs Grose (Hird) the housekeeper. But it is really Quint (Brando), the Irish servant, who really runs the house and particularly Miss Jessel who submits herself totally to him. The children see Quint as a fascinating source of knowledge and believe everything he says is true, however skewed his vision on life may be. It is this influence on Flora and Miles that leads to Quint's ultimate demise...
3. Benjamin Britten's interpretation of the 1898 Henry James tale performed at Fulbeck Hall in Lincolnshire. Richard Hickox conducts.
4. A Jealous Ghost ~A.N. Wilson
5. * 1959, with Ingrid Bergman
6. * 1974, with Lynn Redgrave
7. * 1982, with Helen Donath
8. * The Haunting of Helen Walker (1985, Valerie Bertinelli)
9. * Otra vuelta de tuerca (1985)
10. * 1990, with Amy Irving
11. * 1990, with Helen Field
12. * 1992, with Patsy Kensit
13. * Presence of Mind  starring: SADIE FROST, HARVEY KIETEL, LAUREN BACALL: Henry James' classic tale of terror "Turn of the Screw" receives its most stunning screen adaptation to date in this 19th Century period thriller. Upon the death of her incestuous father, a young woman is called on to serve as a Governess for two children, Miles and Flora. Their Uncle, the master, became the guardian of the youngsters after the loss of their parents. Seduced by the charm of their Uncle, she accepts his one condition: to take sole responsibility for them and never trouble him. Although happy with the location and nature of her job, the Governess soon encounters problems with the two children and the estate housekeeper. When she stumbles upon a secret room, the Governess discovers dark secrets and begins to understand the reason behind the children's eerie behaviour.
14. * 1999, with Jodhi May