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  • Actors: Elizabeth Taylor, Mia Farrow, Robert Mitchum, Peggy Ashcroft, Pamela Brown
  • Directors: Joseph Losey
  • Producers: John Heyman, Norman Priggen
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 15 May 2006
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ESST2O
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,150 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

Psychological thriller starring Elizabeth Taylor, Mia Farrow and Robert Mitchum. Leonora (Taylor) is an aging prostitute mourning for her dead daughter. The unbalanced Cenci (Farrow) comes to believe that Leonora is her own dead mother, and the two women are content to bolster each other's fantasies. But when Cenci's sinister stepfather Albert (Mitchum) comes on the scene, he reveals some long-hidden secrets that could destroy their relationship.

Customer Reviews

3.5 out of 5 stars

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Day Tripper on 25 Dec. 2010
Format: DVD
I am writing this on Christmas Day, a little drunk, having a moment away from the family before lunch but mainly because I see it has two or three stars only and frankly, this cannot be allowed.
This is really wonderful cinema and let no one tell you differently. It is over-the-top, rather kitsch and slightly psychedelic and to me it represents what a film should do to you when you watch it: it should take you hostage, for what ever reason, and keep you there 'till it ends.
This film keeps and has kept me hostage since my teens precisely because of the outlandish story and the beautiful-cum-interesting-cum-realistic photography. It is bizarre and beautiful and rather mad, but you suspend your disbelief because you want to go on watching Taylor at her crudest, and deranged/calculating Farrow, and glorious dirty-beast Mitchum. You want to see the beautiful rooms and the dykey sisters and Paddington as I remember it in the late 60s when they were rebuilding it... Well, whatever. But it is one of those weird 60s films that works (and I can think of a lot that don't) and it should not get two or three stars.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By G. Mcnee on 5 Jun. 2006
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This late 60s psycho-thriller is miles ahead of it's modern competitors. It is the chilling tale of a bereaved mother (Taylor) and a younger woman (Farrow) in the same situation. They meet on a bus and each realise a strong resemblance to their deceased loved ones. However, it is not long before the girl's meddlesome aunts and perverted stepfather (Mitchum) start to interfere. This is the perfect film for those who enjoy tense thrillers but due to the controversial factor, may not suit everybody.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By The CinemaScope Cat TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 10 Dec. 2010
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Based on an award winning short story by the Argentinean writer Marco Denevi and directed by Joseph Losey, this is one bizarre arty flick. An aging, blowsy prostitute (Elizabeth Taylor) still grieving over her dead daughter meets up with a whacked out case of arrested development (Mia Farrow) still grieving over her dead mother. Together, they begin playing house acting out as mother and daughter. Enter Farrow's sexually abusive stepfather (Robert Mitchum). The movie is a disaster and yet it can't be so easily written off. The film is oddly compelling and one keeps hoping it will all coalesce but it never does. The performances are first rate though the actors are unflatteringly made up. Taylor is as beautiful as ever but her tawdry, cheap finery does her a disservice, Farrow (nominated for a best actress BAFTA for her work here) looks like a Morticia Addams wannabe with her long black wig which doesn't sit well with her pale features and Robert Mitchum sports a half beard. There are long stretches of silence which seem self indulgent but Losey does provide an effective gothic atmosphere. The score by Richard Rodney Bennett is disappointingly trite. With Peggy Ashcroft and Pamela Brown.

The Universal DVD from England sports a handsome 1.85 letterbox transfer.
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As another reviewer has pointed out this is awful - so I score it accordingly. Post ticket to stardom that was Rosemary's Baby Farrows next release was this London set psychobabble drama. Universal have generously labelled the dvd cover as "cinema classics" -
What a chore to watch. Farrows performance annoys from start to finish. Clinging, whiney and feigning mental illness in a plummy English accent. Liz Taylors hooker with a heart has good intentions and while stepfather incest is suggested it is really ambiguous so there is no real villain in the piece. The tone of the movie is uneven to say the least with both the Taylor and Farrow characters prevalent to wild mood swings. Often there is brooding menacing music totally out of synch with the visuals The ending is risible. Guess the only excuse being it was the 1960's when pretentious tosh was often served up as entertainment
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By EAP of B on 12 Jun. 2014
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Arrived on time and in good packaging. I love Elizabeth Taylor so knew the film would be great. Mia was her usual 'unusual' self, a bit creepy as she was in Rosemary's Baby. I loved this film. Set in London. Certainly would recommend to any Taylor fans. Much missed actress.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tobias Churton on 30 Oct. 2014
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Most unusual film, quite compelling. You couldn't get films like this made any more since they're too mysterious to come out well in a commercial synopsis. Liz Taylor had an excellent eye for art in offbeat projects. Well made; very well acted.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Angy on 31 Jan. 2013
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This product arrived when I expected it to and was of good quality.

Although the service was good, I did not enjoy the film that much.
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I never cease to be amazed when great actors end up making a terrible film. And Secret Ceremony really is awful. Mia Farrow's character is incredibly irritating and all the acting by the film's three megastars is ridiculously OTT. However, I have given the film an Ok rating because of Liz Taylor's timeless screen magnetism. Even in the worst films, you don't want to stop watching her. Wonderful Liz.
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