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Secret Ceremony
Drama
 
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 insanity. The full effect of Secret Ceremony was idiotically watered down when additional scenes were shot for the TV version in an attempt to make the sordid goings-on acceptable for a mass audience (for example, Elizabeth Taylor's profession was altered from hooker to seamstress!) ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Rated No Rating .
 
Cast: Mia Farrow, Pamela Brown, Elizabeth Taylor, Robert Mitchum, Peggy Ashcroft
Produced by: Norman Priggen, John Heyman
Directed by: Joseph Losey
Written by: Marco Denevi, George Tabori
Running time: 1hr 49min
Opens: Oct 23, 1968 Limited
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