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Title:   Secret Ceremony
Director:   Joseph Losey
Year:   1968
Genre:   Drama
Times Seen:   1
Last Seen:   09.26.12

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Notes History
Date Viewed Venue Note
09.26.12Alamo South LamarThis Screening is part of event: FantasticFest 2012
Elizabeth Tailor and Mia Farrow freak out together. This is the second in a three-movie series of rep screenings about Psychotic Women programmed in conjunction with Kier-la Janisse's new book. I had to miss the first one because it was up against a secret screening or something but I was happy to see that I could fit the other two in nicely. I'm a big fan of Kier-la and her writing and her unique taste in movies so it was incredibly nice to get a small taste of the old-school 409 Colorado programming back in the Alamo.

So this movie... I couldn't really imagine a movie that fits "psychotic women" better. It's pretty much ALL crazy women for the whole movie. Too much so. Plus you have this magnificent baggage... like you can tell that Taylor is really freaked out about her double chin. And Mia's future controversy kind of defines her for me and she did this right after Rosemary's Baby. One is young and fresh, the other is confronting her age. To see they feed off each other is really intense. Plus it's directed very loosely. Lots of long takes just letting these women go. And when they find any semblance of calm we throw in a super smarmy Robert Mitchum or looney older Aunts to stir the pot.

So there are things to like about this movie, but I personally found it too heavy for my tastes. It's just too much crazy for me. Maybe because I'm a dude.
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