Joseph Losey’s lurid and often misunderstood drama stars the great Elizabeth Taylor (Suddenly, Last Summer) as an ageing London prostitute who befriends a young woman (Mia Farrow, See No Evil) that reminds her of her long-dead daughter. As the bizarre relationship between the two evolves, the appearance of Robert Mitchum (Cape Fear), as Farrow’s abusive stepfather, ignites deep emotions and dark passions.
With its exquisite production design, stylish cinematography and elegant score, Joseph Losey’s lost masterpiece finally makes its long-overdue premiere on Blu-ray.
INDICATOR LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES:
High Definition remaster
Original mono audio
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 Cinéma 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 Joseph 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
Image gallery: promotional and publicity material
New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
Limited edition exclusive 40-page booklet with a new essay by Neil Sinyard, an archival location report, Joseph Losey on Secret Ceremony, a look at the source novella, an overview of contemporary reviews, and film credits
World premiere on Blu-ray
Limited edition of 3,000 copies