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Paul Bartel (writer)
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A woman suspects that someone has clandestinely been filming her life and that her friends and acquaintences are seeing the movies in secret screenings. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Amy Vane ... Jane
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Philip Carlson ... Dick

Barry Dennen ... 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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Directed by
Paul Bartel 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Paul Bartel  writer

Produced by
Paul Bartel .... producer
Burt Bluestein .... associate producer
Bob Schulenberg .... producer
Fred Wellington .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
The Rusty Nails 
 
Cinematography by
Fred Wellington 
 
Film Editing by
Sam Moore 
 
Production Design by
Bob Schulenberg 
 

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30 min
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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: The shadow of the camera is visible during the track into the restaurant.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Gone with the Wind (1939)See more »

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Before TRUMAN and EDTV . . ., 19 August 1999
Author: Tresix from Chicago, Illinois

I only saw this short subject once and never forgot it. Three whole decades before THE TRUMAN SHOW, there was this early work by Paul Bartel about a woman who slowly comes to realize that her life is being secretly filmed and shown for the entertainment of her close "friends" and "family" as well as the general masses. I thought that this short conveyed the pain and paranoia of invaded privacy much better than TRUMAN and in a much shorter time as well. "Secret Cinema" was remade by Bartel as an episode of Steven Spielberg's AMAZING STORIES, but didn't have anywhere near the impact that the original had. Not only that, but it was given a sickeningly sweet happy ending that ruined the theme of the original story. Now I feel vindicated because whenever I described this film to friends, most of them looked as if I was making it up or dreamed it. Now, here is the proof. Look for this film, it will be well worth the hunt.

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