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Trailers from Hell: Larry Karaszewski on Joseph Losey's 'Secret Ceremony,' Starring Taylor, Farrow and Mitchum

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood September 30, 2013 at 1:43PM

The Dark Side of Sanity! kicks off at Trailers from Hell, with screenwriter Larry Karazsewski introducing "Secret Ceremony," which he calls "nobody's favorite Joseph Losey film," starring Elizabeth Taylor, Robert Mitchum and Mia Farrow. Losey is bettter known for deftly angst-ridden titles like 1951 noir "The Prowler" and 1963's "The Servant."
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Mia Farrow and Elizabeth Taylor in "Secret Ceremony"
Mia Farrow and Elizabeth Taylor in "Secret Ceremony"

The Dark Side of Sanity! kicks off at Trailers from Hell, with screenwriter Larry Karazsewski introducing "Secret Ceremony," which he calls "nobody's favorite Joseph Losey film," starring Elizabeth Taylor, Robert Mitchum and Mia Farrow. Losey is bettter known for deftly angst-ridden titles like 1951 noir "The Prowler" and 1963's "The Servant."

This strange, dreamlike melodrama found little audience reception and is more famous today for the hatchet job Universal did on it to broadcast it on network tv. Elizabeth Taylor, playing a prostitute in the original, became a woman “who tried on wigs for a living”!

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.