Leonora Grabowski (Dame Elizabeth Taylor) mourns the death by drowning years earlier of her daughter. She encounters a strange waif-like girl, Cenci Engelhard (Mia Farrow), who bears a strong resemblance to her lost child. Cenci is struck by the great resemblance of Leonora to her own mother, whose death the mentally unstable Cenci has been unable to accept or even acknowledge. The two women quickly develop a symbiotic relationship, moving in and out of the illusion that each is the lost loved one of the other. The complicating factor is the arrival of Albert (Robert Mitchum), Cenci's stepfather, whose incestuous attachment to her may well be the cause of her mind's unbalance. With Albert's arrival, no one in the strange trio is safe.
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23 October 1968 (USA)
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Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
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Most of this movie was shot inside and outside Debenham House, in London's affluent Holland Park district. The house, located at No. 8 Addison Road, was designed by the eminent architect Halsey Ricardo for Ernest Debenham, the department store magnate, and was built between 1906 and 1907. Much of the baroque decoration of the house's interior was there before filming started. However, the large bathroom and adjoining bedroom used by Leonora Grabowski (Dame Elizabeth Taylor) were constructed on a studio soundstage. See more
[Describing her attempted suicide, to Cenci
"You'll be sorry when I'm dead, Bernard," I said to myself. "It may be a mortal sin, but it'll break your lousy heart, Bernard," I said to myself. I dressed up in all my finery, I even had my hair done up in curls. I set the table for two, with candles... and I swallowed every goddamned thing I could lay my hands on: aspirin, disprin, veganin, codeine, the lot. I lay down on the sofa, the music was playing, I drifted off down a cool river toward the ...
Network TV version is eight minutes shorter than the theatrical release, removing some scenes and featuring alternative footage for others. See more
Referenced in The Abominable Dr. Phibes