The Secret Cinema

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The Secret Cinema
Directed by Paul Bartel
Produced by
  • Paul Bartel
  • Bob Schulenberg
Written by Paul Bartel
  • Amy Vane
  • Philip Carlson
  • Barry Dennen
  • Connie Ellison
  • Gordon Felio
  • Estelle Omens
Music by The Rusty Nails
Cinematography Fred Wellington
Edited by Sam Moore
Distributed by The Film-Makers' Cooperative
Release date
May 1, 1968 (1968-05-01)
Running time
30 min.
Country United States
Language English

The Secret Cinema is a short black-and-white film produced, written, and directed by Paul Bartel, and released in 1968.

Plot summary[edit]

Jane (Amy Vane) is a secretary who doesn't know that her life is being filmed and shown in theaters, or that those who are closest to her are in on it. She's being sexually harassed by her corpulent boss (Gordon Felio), humiliated by her fey boyfriend, given the gaslight treatment by the people around her, et cetera, and she doesn't know why... but she's starting to suspect that something isn't quite right.

See also[edit]


  • In 1986, Paul Bartel remade the film as an episode of Amazing Stories (season 1, episode 20), in which Bartel also played a part.
  • This film has been released on videocassette by Rhino Entertainment, packaged with a 7-minute erotic short entitled The Naughty Nurse.
  • In 1998, the premise of someone's life being secretly filmed was used in The Truman Show.
  • In 2012 The Secret Cinema, along with The Naughty Nurse, was released as a bonus feature on The Criterion Collection's DVD and Blu-ray releases of Eating Raoul.