Jack Clayton

Jack Clayton

Working once again in black and white with cinematographer Freddie Francis, Clayton followed with "The Innocents" (1961), the chilling, atmospheric retelling of Henry James' classic ghost story, "The Turn of the Screw" which perfectly exemplified the recurring theme in the majority of his films--"Room," "The Great Gatsby" (1974), "Something Wicked This Way Comes" (1983)--the clash betweeen innocence and corruption often involving the loss of a child's innocence and the power of the supernatural.After a four-year absence from film, Clayton returned in 1987 to direct the critically acclaimed, heartbreakingly bleak, "The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne," once again demonstrating his skill with actors and eliciting sensitive performances from Maggie Smith and Bob Hoskins.