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Tragic Ceremony (1972)

Estratto dagli archivi segreti della polizia di una capitale europea (original title)
Four young people are enjoying the easy life, cruising on a yacht in the sun. Returning to land their car runs out of fuel and they find themselves outside a large manor belonging to Lord ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Jane
Tony Isbert ...
Bill
Máximo Valverde ...
Joe
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Lord Alexander
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Lady Alexander
José Calvo ...
Sam David
Giovanni Petrucci ...
Fred
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Bill's mother
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Doctor
Beni Deus ...
Ferguson
Milo Quesada ...
Cop
Alejandro de Enciso
Elsa Zabala ...
Devil worshipper
Pablo García
David Thomson
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Four young people are enjoying the easy life, cruising on a yacht in the sun. Returning to land their car runs out of fuel and they find themselves outside a large manor belonging to Lord and Lady Alexander. Hoping to find fuel they are invited in to stay the night and shelter from a heavy storm. The three men are put up in the servant's quarters while Jane gets a room in the house. Hearing a strange noise she heads down stairs, finding the Alexanders performing a black mass and she is put onto the altar to become the sacrifice.

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20 December 1972 (Italy)  »

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1.85 : 1
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Riccardo Freda always resented directing the movie. The Spanish prints credit him as director though. See more »

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La Vita
Music written and performed by Stelvio Cipriani
Lyrics by Riccardo Freda
Sung by Ernesto Brancucci
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Uninspired and slow-paced
21 April 2005 | by (Stockholm, Sweden) – See all my reviews

This late-ish effort from Freda plays as a modern day (70's that is) Gothic thriller, but comes out short of thrills. Certainly it's not a dreadfully bad film, it's jut got that feeling which many of Freda's later films have of someone who has given up when he's seen the first daily's. It starts out good enough, almost giallo like in tone, then takes a turn into Gothic territories with a decent (albeit terribly cliché) set up. Then suddenly Freda seems to have lost interest in the film and all we get is prolonged shots of Camille Keaton and burning candles. Then circa an hour into the film we get some sort of violent climax with decent-to-poor special effects. This is followed by a slow paced outro with a very obvious twist ending (If it's even intended to be a twist?). And throw a few very halfhearted explanatory scenes along the way and you got Tragic Ceremony. Thus in parts it's got its qualities. But then suddenly stumbles and collapses in front of you. A pity.

btw stay away from the SHAROMA DVD, a useless murky pan& scan edition which kills of what could be a good visual experience.


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