Secret Ceremony
Secret Ceremony (1968)

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… More

Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 23, 1968
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TIME Magazine

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.

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Renata Adler
New York Times

Joseph Losey's best film in years.

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

A trance

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Variety Staff
Variety

Moody, leisurely developed and handsomely produced.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

If there's a secret, director Joseph Losey isn't letting the audience in on it.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Strangely fascinating.

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Time Out

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

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

A murky, moody psychological scare story with more holes than a Swiss cheese.

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Film4

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

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