Secret Ceremony Reviews

  • Mar 18, 2018

    A bizarre, twisted tale, directed by Joseph Losey. Excellent cast. Elizabeth Taylor, Mia Farrier and Robert Mitcham. Fascinating and engrossing. Quite controversial in 1968.

    A bizarre, twisted tale, directed by Joseph Losey. Excellent cast. Elizabeth Taylor, Mia Farrier and Robert Mitcham. Fascinating and engrossing. Quite controversial in 1968.

  • May 25, 2015

    While this is not a good movie, it has an odd psycho-sexual undertone that makes it surprisingly interesting.

    While this is not a good movie, it has an odd psycho-sexual undertone that makes it surprisingly interesting.

  • Mar 30, 2013

    A bizzare, ungodly film that has all sorts of nasty behaviours at work. Taylor and Farrow make a love lost pair with stepfather Robert Mitchum making things worse with his incestious prescence. Each Taylor and Farrow think they have been reborn meeting thier supposedly dead loved ones. Slow paced it made me want to leave several times until Mitchum arrives. [img]http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/e/ec/SecretCeremony%2768.jph.jpg/220px-SecretCeremony%2768.jph.jpg[/img] Secret Ceremony is a 1968 film, produced in Britain and released by Universal Pictures. Based on the book by Argentine writer Marco Denevi, it stars Elizabeth Taylor, Mia Farrow, Robert Mitchum, Pamela Brown, and Peggy Ashcroft. Joseph Losey directed, from a script by George Tabori. [img]http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTPMyugIKOtUutIWpAep3QZDMmeafONNcbgjpl25d-bXA-83Y1YlQ[/img] Not what it seems, Farrow is childlike here. If you are a fan of Mitchum, you'll have to see him half way through the film and then not too often after that. His role of an incest stepfather, if in fact he was that, is not becoming of the personna of a Robert Mitchum. But Taylor is convinced he is a rat so in the end she does something about it. [img]http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRMpUu0MmiqNEqKc_FQbzs0VwM9z5wbbS8GsTrIVtk4fQEsUKZq9A[/img] Robert Mitchum as the incestious stepfather SEE the trailer here: http://www.tcm.com/mediaroom/video/353288/Secret-Ceremony-Original-Trailer-.html Worth watching if you can tolerate the very slow pace of the film. A plus for the film is a very young 23 year old Mia Farrow who pretends sex with herself a few times and even having a child. Her stepfather, Mitchum, advises Taylor she is a nut case headed for suicide. SEE the entire film here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CH3gvC1PXY4 [img]http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRqT3gDqN5QHMMRV-vW2h2UhL3u-iX5PHSoKHiETHY6V6VlDt-0[/img] Here the two are like mother and daughter in bath NOTES: 1 There are apparently varying versions of the film, the result of Universal Pictures' tampering with Losey's original cut, possibly to de-emphasize the lesbian aspects of the Taylor-Farrow relationship. 2 Critical reception of the film has tended to be mixed, with some critics essentially maintaining that it is a bad film but yet one that can be enjoyed due to a certain camp quality evident in Losey's mise-en-scène and the actors' performances. However, other film analysts regard the film as compelling because of its deep psychological portraits. REVIEWS: 80% Elizabeth Taylor is intriguing as a slightly overweight prostitute. Despite those flaws, her beauty is still beyond compare. I dare anyone to pull off... 50% Now this--THIS--is a weird movie. [img]http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcR-4F0pp-eq7z_kwiu2z7H8d8aDzDon0NaSfhEIlnOx77iXXY3InQ[/img] Farrow is excellent as the rape victum of Mitchum, or so it seems Distributed by Universal Pictures Release date(s) 1968 Running time 105 min. Box office $3 million (US/ Canada rentals) [img]http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcR5ZYW9eaFl8UBMJ6TZol6tV7Q7oK5pjRMWVhiEuq3HI64VFEpChg[/img] A powerhouse performance by Farrow and Taylor

    A bizzare, ungodly film that has all sorts of nasty behaviours at work. Taylor and Farrow make a love lost pair with stepfather Robert Mitchum making things worse with his incestious prescence. Each Taylor and Farrow think they have been reborn meeting thier supposedly dead loved ones. Slow paced it made me want to leave several times until Mitchum arrives. [img]http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/e/ec/SecretCeremony%2768.jph.jpg/220px-SecretCeremony%2768.jph.jpg[/img] Secret Ceremony is a 1968 film, produced in Britain and released by Universal Pictures. Based on the book by Argentine writer Marco Denevi, it stars Elizabeth Taylor, Mia Farrow, Robert Mitchum, Pamela Brown, and Peggy Ashcroft. Joseph Losey directed, from a script by George Tabori. [img]http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTPMyugIKOtUutIWpAep3QZDMmeafONNcbgjpl25d-bXA-83Y1YlQ[/img] Not what it seems, Farrow is childlike here. If you are a fan of Mitchum, you'll have to see him half way through the film and then not too often after that. His role of an incest stepfather, if in fact he was that, is not becoming of the personna of a Robert Mitchum. But Taylor is convinced he is a rat so in the end she does something about it. [img]http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRMpUu0MmiqNEqKc_FQbzs0VwM9z5wbbS8GsTrIVtk4fQEsUKZq9A[/img] Robert Mitchum as the incestious stepfather SEE the trailer here: http://www.tcm.com/mediaroom/video/353288/Secret-Ceremony-Original-Trailer-.html Worth watching if you can tolerate the very slow pace of the film. A plus for the film is a very young 23 year old Mia Farrow who pretends sex with herself a few times and even having a child. Her stepfather, Mitchum, advises Taylor she is a nut case headed for suicide. SEE the entire film here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CH3gvC1PXY4 [img]http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRqT3gDqN5QHMMRV-vW2h2UhL3u-iX5PHSoKHiETHY6V6VlDt-0[/img] Here the two are like mother and daughter in bath NOTES: 1 There are apparently varying versions of the film, the result of Universal Pictures' tampering with Losey's original cut, possibly to de-emphasize the lesbian aspects of the Taylor-Farrow relationship. 2 Critical reception of the film has tended to be mixed, with some critics essentially maintaining that it is a bad film but yet one that can be enjoyed due to a certain camp quality evident in Losey's mise-en-scène and the actors' performances. However, other film analysts regard the film as compelling because of its deep psychological portraits. REVIEWS: 80% Elizabeth Taylor is intriguing as a slightly overweight prostitute. Despite those flaws, her beauty is still beyond compare. I dare anyone to pull off... 50% Now this--THIS--is a weird movie. [img]http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcR-4F0pp-eq7z_kwiu2z7H8d8aDzDon0NaSfhEIlnOx77iXXY3InQ[/img] Farrow is excellent as the rape victum of Mitchum, or so it seems Distributed by Universal Pictures Release date(s) 1968 Running time 105 min. Box office $3 million (US/ Canada rentals) [img]http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcR5ZYW9eaFl8UBMJ6TZol6tV7Q7oK5pjRMWVhiEuq3HI64VFEpChg[/img] A powerhouse performance by Farrow and Taylor

  • Feb 06, 2013

    This movie was dark and somewhat disturbing yet alluring and involving unlike one I have seen in a long time. Taylor again seems extremely well suited to this role; prostitute who plays mother to mentally disturbed girl (Farrow in a chilling and at times annoying performance). The two find in each other what each has lost. The two spend their days in the lavish and isolated mansion eating in bed and play acting with one another. It is not until Taylor's character learns the true extent of Cenci's mental disturbance that the film is thrown in a different direction. Cenci snaps out of her delusion and the two part ways, that is until the chilling conclusion. This film surprised me, it's slow moving and intense and lingers in your mind after viewing. It's simple, both in plot and setting. The simplicity helps the believability of these two characters clinging to each other as they have nothing else. Highly recommend to anyone who is a Taylor fan or those interested in psychological thrillers, it's quite brilliant in its own way.

    This movie was dark and somewhat disturbing yet alluring and involving unlike one I have seen in a long time. Taylor again seems extremely well suited to this role; prostitute who plays mother to mentally disturbed girl (Farrow in a chilling and at times annoying performance). The two find in each other what each has lost. The two spend their days in the lavish and isolated mansion eating in bed and play acting with one another. It is not until Taylor's character learns the true extent of Cenci's mental disturbance that the film is thrown in a different direction. Cenci snaps out of her delusion and the two part ways, that is until the chilling conclusion. This film surprised me, it's slow moving and intense and lingers in your mind after viewing. It's simple, both in plot and setting. The simplicity helps the believability of these two characters clinging to each other as they have nothing else. Highly recommend to anyone who is a Taylor fan or those interested in psychological thrillers, it's quite brilliant in its own way.

  • Dec 30, 2012

    This is one of the worst movies ever made. Atrocious on every conceivable level.

    This is one of the worst movies ever made. Atrocious on every conceivable level.

  • Sep 30, 2012

    Elizabeth Taylor is intriguing as a slightly overweight prostitute. Despite those flaws, her beauty is still beyond compare. I dare anyone to pull off purple velvet the way she can! Robert Mitchum's character makes your skin crawl. Mia farrow is just scary! The story unfolds in an old gothy British mansion. This film was made in 1968, but plays like a Tim Burton film. Lots of black and mood. Not a feel good film, but I was completely entertained. Love Taylor's line---"What happened to the mouse that fell into the glass of milk? He kept paddling, until in the morning he was sitting on top of butter!" Dark-edged melodrama.

    Elizabeth Taylor is intriguing as a slightly overweight prostitute. Despite those flaws, her beauty is still beyond compare. I dare anyone to pull off purple velvet the way she can! Robert Mitchum's character makes your skin crawl. Mia farrow is just scary! The story unfolds in an old gothy British mansion. This film was made in 1968, but plays like a Tim Burton film. Lots of black and mood. Not a feel good film, but I was completely entertained. Love Taylor's line---"What happened to the mouse that fell into the glass of milk? He kept paddling, until in the morning he was sitting on top of butter!" Dark-edged melodrama.

  • Aug 01, 2011

    Ugh... It started because I could relate with the desperate need for a mother and, therefore, felt a connection with Mia Farrow's character--as well as with Liz Taylor's desire to regain a mother-daughter bond. Then, despite hesitation early on, i stuck with it for the opulent settings and because there was hope that this cast and budget would pull through to deliver. It didn't: weird, illogical, depressing, demented, perverted and, of course, a huge waste of time and 1960's film footage.

    Ugh... It started because I could relate with the desperate need for a mother and, therefore, felt a connection with Mia Farrow's character--as well as with Liz Taylor's desire to regain a mother-daughter bond. Then, despite hesitation early on, i stuck with it for the opulent settings and because there was hope that this cast and budget would pull through to deliver. It didn't: weird, illogical, depressing, demented, perverted and, of course, a huge waste of time and 1960's film footage.

  • Apr 12, 2011

    1st time i iked mia farrow ever. not too much though mitchum oke blank

    1st time i iked mia farrow ever. not too much though mitchum oke blank

  • Apr 05, 2011

    A superbly strange psychodrama from director Joseph Losey. Excellent performances - particularly from a beguiling Mia Farrow and Robert Mitchum at his sardonic best - and an eerie, absorbing atmosphere of restrained intensity. One of Losey's very best, and a true classic that deserves to be better known.

    A superbly strange psychodrama from director Joseph Losey. Excellent performances - particularly from a beguiling Mia Farrow and Robert Mitchum at his sardonic best - and an eerie, absorbing atmosphere of restrained intensity. One of Losey's very best, and a true classic that deserves to be better known.

  • Apr 03, 2011

    Now this--THIS--is a weird movie.

    Now this--THIS--is a weird movie.