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The Secret Cinema (1968)

A woman suspects that someone has clandestinely been filming her life and that her friends and acquaintences are seeing the movies in secret screenings.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Amy Vane ...
Jane
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Philip Carlson ...
Dick
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Psychiatrist
Connie Ellison ...
Helen
Gordon Felio ...
Mr. Troppogrosso
Camille Fife ...
Second Secretary
Glenn Johnson ...
Disc Jockey (voice)
Mara Lepmanis ...
First Secretary
Estelle Omens ...
Jane's Mother
Mimi Randolph ...
Waitress / Ticket Seller / Nurse
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Welcome to the Secret Cinema, now featuring a series of films on the real-life misadventures of Jane, a New York City office secretary. See Jane being sexually harassed by her boss, Mr. Troppogrosso. See Jane get dumped by her boyfriend, Dick. See Jane humiliated in lots of ways. And here's the kicker: Jane doesn't know that her life is being filmed, or that she's being set up by some of the people closest to her. But she's starting to have her suspicions... Written by Eugene Kim <genekim@concentric.net>

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1 May 1968 (USA)  »

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$5,000 (estimated)
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The film was remade, 15 years later, as an episode of "the Amazing Stories", co-starring film-maker Paul Bartel in a key-role. See more »

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The shadow of the camera is visible during the track into the restaurant. See more »

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Remade as Amazing Stories: Secret Cinema (1986) See more »

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metafilmmaking at its creepiest
20 July 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The plot of "The Secret Cinema" is a clever one, sort of in the vein of "The Truman Show" but with major stylistic and tonal differences. It is a small scale indie horror comedy that plays with genre and self awareness to a mind boggling and extremely entertaining extent. There are moments of hilarity and moments of genuine horror (particularly the ending), and the entire film encompasses a bizarre, Gothic atmosphere. It is shot beautifully no matter how low quality the print you watch it on is; the lighting is often dark and shadowy and it has a charmingly amateurish feeling about it. The story's increase in intensity never terminates its comedy, and vice versa; the two coexist in a manner accomplished by few other films of its genre.

In its own, unconventional and fresh way, "The Secret Cinema" tells a fun, "Twilight Zone"-type story and taking full advantage of it. Its as if Rod Serling decided it was time to broadcast an episode that functioned as an avant garde art-house black comedy mystery horror movie...and, simply put, it's really, really great!


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