Jack Clayton

  • Jack Clayton – The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne (1987)

    Jack Clayton1981-1990DramaUnited Kingdom

    Judith Hearn is a middle aged spinster earning a living by giving piano lessons in the Dublin of the 1950’s. She falls in love with a shady hotel owner who, in turn, decides to exploit her as far as he can.Read More »

  • Jack Clayton – The Great Gatsby (1974)

    Jack Clayton1971-1980DramaUSA

    A Midwesterner becomes fascinated with his nouveau riche neighbor, who obsesses over his lost love.Read More »

  • Jack Clayton – The Pumpkin Eater (1964)

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    Film screenwriter Jake Armitage and his wife Jo Armitage live in London with six of Jo’s eight children, with the two eldest boys at boarding school. The children are spread over Jo’s three marriages, with only the youngest being Jake’s biological child, although he treats them all as his own. Jo left her second husband Giles after meeting Giles’ friend Jake, the two who were immediately attracted to each other. Their upper middle class life is much different than Giles and Jo’s, who lived in a barn in the English countryside. But Jo is ruminating about her strained marriage to Jake, with issues on both sides.Read More »

  • Jack Clayton – The Bespoke Overcoat (1955)

    1951-1960FantasyJack ClaytonShort FilmUnited Kingdom

    Fender is a lowly clerk in the warehouse of clothing manufacturers Ranting and Co. His one ambition is to have an overcoat of his own. Refused one by the cold hearted Ranting he asks a tailor friend, Morry, to make him one instead, but dies of cold before he can take delivery of it. Unwilling to give up his only desire even in death, he returns as a ghost to persuade Morry to steal him the overcoat he so coveted in life.Read More »

  • Jack Clayton – Room at the Top (1959)

    1951-1960ClassicsDramaJack ClaytonUnited Kingdom

    The English factory town is dreary but Joe Lampton has landed a job with a future. To have something to do at night he joins a theatrical group. His boss’s daughter Susan is playing ingenue roles on stage and in real life. She is attracted to Joe and Joe thinks about how much faster he will get ahead if he is the boss’s son-in-law. This plan is complicated by his strong desire to be with an older woman who also belongs to the theatrical group. She is French and unhappily married. Joe believes he can get away with seeing both women.Read More »

  • Jack Clayton – Room at the Top (1959) (HD)

    1951-1960DramaJack ClaytonRomanceUnited Kingdom

    In late 1940s Yorkshire, England, an ambitious young accountant schemes to wed a wealthy factory owner’s daughter, despite falling in love with a married older woman.Read More »

  • Jack Clayton – The Innocents (1961)

    1961-1970HorrorJack ClaytonQueer Cinema(s)ThrillerUnited Kingdom


    Jack Clayton’s celebrated screen adaptation of Henry James’s The Turn of the Screw (1898) is a brilliant exercise in psychological horror. Impressionable and repressed governess Miss Giddens (Deborah Kerr) agrees to tutor two orphaned children, Miles and Flora. On arrival at Bly House, she becomes convinced that the children are possessed by the perverse spirits of former governess Miss Jessel and her Heathcliffe-like lover Quint (Peter Wyngarde), who both met with mysterious deaths.

    The film’s sinister atmosphere is carefully created – not through shock tactics, but through its cinematography, soundtrack, and decor: Freddie Francis’ beautiful CinemaScope photography, with its eerily indistinct long shots and mysterious manifestations at the edges of the frame; an evocative and spooky soundtrack; and the grand yet decaying Bly House.

    Deborah Kerr gives the performance of her career and makes The Innocents an intensely unsettling experience. Are the ghosts the products of Miss Giddens’s fevered imagination and emotional immaturity, or a displacement of her shock at the sexually precocious behaviour of ten-year-old Miles? Is she the protector or the corrupter?Read More »

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