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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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Paul Bartel

Writer:

Paul Bartel
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Cast

Credited cast:
Amy Vane Amy Vane ... Jane
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Philip Carlson Philip Carlson ... Dick
Barry Dennen ... Psychiatrist
Connie Ellison Connie Ellison ... Helen
Gordon Felio Gordon Felio ... Mr. Troppogrosso
Camille Fife Camille Fife ... Second Secretary
Glenn Johnson Glenn Johnson ... Disc Jockey (voice)
Mara Lepmanis Mara Lepmanis ... First Secretary
Estelle Omens Estelle Omens ... Jane's Mother
Mimi Randolph Mimi Randolph ... Waitress / Ticket Seller / Nurse
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Storyline

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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Trivia

The film was remade as Amazing Stories: Secret Cinema (1986), in which the writer and director Paul Bartel played the psychiatrist Dr. Shreck. 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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Fun and creepy
11 February 2012 | by runamokprodsSee all my reviews

An influential (in it's time), inventive 30 minute black and white short that examined an 'Ed TV' like idea way before others did. A woman has her life secretly filmed, edited and shown to a laughing audience each week. Far more surreal and stylized than the features and TV shows that later used this concept, it's stylish, a lot of fun and effectively creepy. On the other hand, the acting is amateurish, production values nonexistent, and the post dubbed sound is pretty awful. But somehow, that homemade quality sort of works with the story. Worth seeing if you have any interest in the semi-experimental late 60s cinema that combined what would have been sleaze with far more artistic aspirations (Brian DePalma, Bartel, and many others were part of this art/exploitation film trend).


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 1968 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$5,000 (estimated)
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Mono
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