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257 Ratings

Secret Ceremony

Directed by Joseph Losey
United Kingdom, 1968
Drama, Thriller


Leonora, a prostitute, mourns the death by drowning years earlier of her daughter. She encounters a strange waif-like girl, Cenci, who bears a strong resemblance to her lost child. Cenci is herself struck by the great resemblance of Leonora to her own mother.

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Secret Ceremony Directed by Joseph Losey

Awards & Festivals

BAFTA Awards

1970 | 2 nominations including: Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music

Critics reviews

With its shades of Sunset Blvd., Buñuel and Polanski, the film defies its “camp” reputation. Losey’s is an oeuvre that keeps on giving.
August 19, 2015
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This kinky smashup between old Hollywood and new Hollywood (understandably) baffled audiences when it was initially released. Seen today, it’s actually not as campy as it sounds, thanks to Losey’s pokerfaced handling of the far-out story and remarkably believable performances by all. Taylor even gets to show off some mod 60’s fashions by Christian Dior.
February 17, 2012
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