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Secret Ceremony

Secret Ceremony (1968)

tomatometer

60

Average Rating: 8/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 2

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Average Rating: 3.2/5
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This psychologically twisted tragedy begins when the boozy prostitute Leonora (Elizabeth Taylor) encounters a young woman on a London bus. Cenci (Mia Farrow) looks very much like Leonora's late daughter. The two lonely women start talking and seem to get along quite well, so Cenci invites Leonora to stay at her house. The two return to the rambling Gothic mansion that appears to be haunted. The wealthy younger woman plays the daughter and Leonora the mother, developing a close (maybe too close)

R,

Drama

Marco Denevi, George Tabori

Universal Pictures

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Losey has shown skill at conjuring up corruption and terror. Here he is undone by his scenarist, George Tabori, who attempts a ghostly esthetic melodrama in the style of Henry James.

March 23, 2011 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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Moody, leisurely developed and handsomely produced.

July 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Losey's mannered direction, somehow entirely appropriate, makes for a memorable film.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Joseph Losey's best film in years.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
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If there's a secret, director Joseph Losey isn't letting the audience in on it.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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A murky, moody psychological scare story with more holes than a Swiss cheese.

March 23, 2011 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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A trance

April 1, 2010 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

Strangely fascinating.

June 20, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Odd that Losey should make his two overly baroque disasters in the same year, first Boom! then this marginally less pretentious work.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
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