Director Floria Sigismondi Reveals the Hidden Meaning of ‘The Turning’

Henry James’ seminal novella, The Turn of the Screw, has been adapted countless times since its initial publication in 1898.

The novella’s ambiguity lends itself to multiple interpretations – be it for stage, television, or film (perhaps most notably in 1961’s The Innocents).

It’s a deceptively simple story – a governess, tasked to care for two orphaned children, discovers they may be haunted by malevolent spirits… Yet within this seemingly run-of-the-mill ghost story, James and subsequent adaptors have instilled the piece with commentaries on sexual repression, male toxicity, and women’s limited roles in the 19th …

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