A powerful psychological thriller from acclaimed director Joseph Losey starring Elizabeth Taylor, Mia Farrow and Robert Mitchum. An unbalanced girl becomes convinced that ageing prostitute Leonora is her dead mother. Grieving the recent death of her own daughter, Leonora plays out the pretence, and a bizarre relationship begins to form between the two women. Yet soon the brute force of reality descends as secrets from the past unfold, threatening their fragile dream world.
Audio commentary with authors and critics Dean Brandum and Alexandra Heller-Nicholas (2019) Archival Interview with Joseph Losey (1969, 15 mins): extract from the French television programme Cinema critique, featuring the celebrated director promoting the release of Secret Ceremony and an appreciation by critic Michel Mourlet
The Beholder's Share (2019, 25 mins): interview with Gavrik Losey, son of J oseph Losey
TV version: additional scenes (1971, 18 mins): unique prologue and epilogue produced for US television screenings, with Robert Douglas and Michael Strong
Original theatrical trailer
Larry Karaszewski trailer commentary (2015, 3 mins): short critical appreciation