A murky, moody psychological scare story with more holes than a Swiss cheese, SECRET CEREMONY was so ill conceived that a few scenes had to be shot later for the TV version, using actors who were not in the film, to straighten out the story line. Made at Elstree Studios in London, it
features Taylor in a banshee parody of her role in WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF, Farrow in a macabre follow-up to ROSEMARY'S BABY, and Mitchum in an unusual satyrlike role, wearing an Uncle Sam beard. The film is based on a short story by an Argentine civil servant who won $5,000 for writing it.
It was edited severely when shown on TV, and Taylor's role, that of an aging whore, was r...