Pray for Rosemary's Baby
A young couple moves into an infamous New York apartment building to start a family. Things become frightening as Rosemary begins to suspect her unborn baby isn't safe around their strange neighbors.
Awful things happen in every apartment house.
Rosemary's Baby is but one of a multitude of older films that I have no idea if I've ever watched from beginning to end. If I did, chances are it was on television before cable was showing uncut films... so really that shouldn't count anyways. So for those reasons I'm not logging it as a rewatch, even though it seemed like I knew every single beat (surprisingly) of the film.
After this viewing I think it's my favorite Roman Polanski film. Based on Ira Levin's novel of the same name, the film is an exercise in filmmaking perfection. Watching it now especially, it feels like a breath of fresh air in…
Boy, was I wrong.
When I went on Letterboxd to log this rewatch I found a three star rating staring at me. Sometimes I want to kick my 18 year old self in the nutsack and tell him to open his eyes.
Ira Levin's work should be appreciate more. He is a wonderful storyteller and Rosemary's baby is perhaps his finest work. Polanski's adaptation is a prime example of how a novel should be translated to film. He has distilled it to its core and read the atmosphere of the story perfectly. He focusses on character, invests in the protagonists and thus sucks the audience into the increasingly oppressive spiral of paranoia and madness.
The story is at its core…
An exceedingly disturbing portrait of a woman unable to control what happens to her own body. Timely!
Although Repulsion is more pure psychological horror, Rosemary’s Baby also works extremely well on that level, and brings body horror into the mix. The horror of the film comes not so much from the Satanists themselves, but from the fact that they come so close to convincing Rosemary (as well as the viewer) that it is all in her head.
I didn’t find this film quite as disturbing as Repulsion at first, but I think it’s growing on me. The conception sequence and the late sequence with the doctor both really shook me.
While all horror films scare the shit out of me,…
There's this old couple that live upstairs from me... the woman reminds me of Minnie Castevet. She is always giving me baked goods... I was sitting here this morning with my coffee, watching the movie... and I could hear her shuffling around upstairs... and all I could think is that old bitch is poisoning me.
I suddenly no longer like that sweet little old lady anymore. I don't like apartment life... but what I really don't like, hate even, is DuLac for telling me to watch this.
Roman Cassavetes - To 1966! The year One.
Polanski's tour de force sets itself aside from its peers with its overriding themes of gerontophobic tension and religious anxiety. The acting is first-rate and there isn't an uninteresting shot in the entire thing. The end result is a picture that is brilliantly constructed and wholly satisfying.
Roman Polanski's timeless occult horror is bold, impeccably performed and powerfully atmospheric, but benefits most from a daring storytelling that is told exclusively from Rosemary's point of view. In presenting her perceptions, images and fears as truth, Polanski achieves a terrifically haunting sense of subjectivity that drives home the mystery, paranoia and anxiety of childbirth.
"He came up from hell and begat a son of mortal woman."
Wow is all I can say upon watching this film. It always feels like the very first time upon every watch. The beginning lullaby immediately sets a somewhat comforting mood but creepy all at the same time. The second the old neighbors come in the picture you immediately suspect that something isn't right here. It's always a ride watching cause you find yourself seeing so many clues that you missed the previous time that unfolds it's shocking twist to it's end. An amazing piece of film that never fails to scare. A cult classic to the genre.
Elég vegyes érzések kavarognak bennem a filmmel kapcsolatban. Jó film, van egy jó pszichothriller atmoszférája, de sajnos nem mindig erős. Egész jól (de sajnos nem hibátlanul) építi a karaktereket, viszont eléggé vontatott a történet. A végével sem vagyok teljesen kibékülve. Első gondolatom az volt, hogy ezzel a befejezéssel teljesen hazavágták az egészet. Másrészről viszont az utolsó jelenet adja át az egésznek a lényegi mondanivalóját, ami viszont nagyon erős. Szóval nem vagyok maradéktalanul elégedett, mert bár összességében tetszett, úgy érzem, hogy egy kicsit erősebb történetvezetés (és talán más befejezés) jobbá tehette volna.
Really dark themes are present in Rosemary’s Baby, and Mia Farrow's adorable performance only serves to make those themes even more disturbing. All in all, it's a film that does what it sets out to do extremely well and I couldn't help but be captivated for the majority of it.
Rosemary's Baby Review
" This is no dream! This is really happening!" - Rosemary
Rosemary's Baby is a daunting, horrific, dark and eerie film that will keep in haunting your mind for days to come. As it has nothing to do with the fact of what they show but rather what they don't show which shrouds the whole darkness in mystery that it sends chills down my spine just thinking about it. As the way the films content is expressed and even it's content about witchcraft or even further than that is haunting for now and especially back then.
"Awww yes" is automatically cut in the scene change as Rosemary puts on the tannis root necklace. Through out the entire…
Polanski dunks this picture in buckets of high-strength anxiety. Upon first meeting, Mia Farrow and John Cassavetes' retired couple neighbors seem bad -- we just don't know *how* bad yet.
Mia Farrow's Rosemary is a frail, hapless wallflower and a singular extension of the "housewife" gender norm 60s progressives would seek to escape -- until she isn't. Rosemary begins to question dubious maternity prescriptions, raising her voice and even putting Cassavetes' rising star on the defensive. It doesn't sound like much until it's placed in such close proximity to Rosemary's former inwardness, but everything is borne out of a single-minded concern for her unborn child.
There's a remarkable precision in the use of telephoto lenses, where pushed-in compositions make faces…