Secret Ceremony (1968)

Secret Ceremony



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Secret Ceremony was based on a prize-winning short story by Argentine civil servant Marco Denevi. Elizabeth Taylor plays Leonora, an aging prostitute who becomes convinced that Cenci (Mia Farrow) is her daughter -- who supposedly died in infancy. Cenci knows that she is in fact Leonora's niece, but Leonora will not be dissuaded in her illusion that their blood ties are stronger. Albert (Robert Mitchum), Cenci's incestuous stepfather, enters the scene, laying the groundwork for a near-orgy of … More

Rating: R
Genre: Drama
Directed By: ,
Written By: Marco Denevi, George Tabori
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Universal Pictures


as Cenci

as Dr. Walter Stevens

as Sir Alex Gordon
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All Critics (10) | Top Critics (5)

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.

Full Review… | March 23, 2011
TIME Magazine
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Moody, leisurely developed and handsomely produced.

Full Review… | July 22, 2008
Top Critic

Losey's mannered direction, somehow entirely appropriate, makes for a memorable film.

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

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

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

Full Review… | March 23, 2011
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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