Secret Ceremony
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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) relationship. With the return of Cenci's stepfather Albert (Robert Mitchum), he reveals to… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"Joseph Losey's best film in years."
‑ Renata Adler, New York Times
"A trance"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Moody, leisurely developed and handsomely produced."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"If there's a secret, director Joseph Losey isn't letting the audience in on it."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Strangely fascinating."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Losey's mannered direction, somehow entirely appropriate, makes for a memorable film."
‑ , Time Out
"A murky, moody psychological scare story with more holes than a Swiss cheese."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Odd that Losey should make his two overly baroque disasters in the same year, first Boom! then this marginally less pretentious work."
‑ , Film4
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