In 1966 RITUALS was 'voted one of the all time best movies of the UCLA film department.'–(Nat Freedland, Cavalier, Feb./68).
Conservative members of the faculty subjected to pressures from politicians in Sacramento and perhaps themselves a little nauseated at the realism of a sequence depicting the frustrated girl freaking on acid, via a razor blade, ordered the film banned. After two years of negotiation with University officials, Cutaia finally secured its release. –J. C.