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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.
Roman Polanski's first American feature is a masterwork of outstanding direction, polished screenplay & stellar performances that may lean towards the supernatural in small doses but what truly makes it an enduring masterpiece of its genre is the seamless manner in which it employs the psychological elements of horror filmmaking into its premise by creating a chilling sense of dread, paranoia & suspense over the course of its runtime.
Based on the novel of the same name, the story of Rosemary's Baby takes place in the year of 1966 and concerns a young couple; struggling actor Guy Woodhouse & his lovely wife Rosemary, who move into a notorious apartment building in New York and are gleefully greeted by their elderly but eccentric neighbours.…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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I'm really at a loss for words to describe how much I love Rosemary's Baby. I always hate when writers say that because it feels supremely disingenuous, but I genuinely don't know how to properly express my appreciation for this wonderful film. I could harp on the standard beats I usually go through: its cinematography is dizzying in its precision, Rosemary's character and Mia Farrow's performance are daunting in both their depth and complexity, and the way it presents fear of faith (in yourself and those around you) is as haunting as it is mesmerizing. But this isn't really what makes the movie great.
Sure, I could read it as an exploration of the horrors…
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…
With its allegorical layers and sly sense of humor, Roman Polanski's "Rosemary's Baby" is a horror film that succeeds thanks more to its well-rounded storytelling than its ability to frighten. To be sure, the film boasts its share of chilling moments, but those moments exist to serve the full fabric of the story and not the other way around.
"Rosemary's Baby" follows young Rosemary Woodhouse who, along with her husband, has just moved into a stately apartment. Wedded bliss turns less blissful when the Woodhouses find themselves pregnant and attracting the suffocating attention of their neighbors. Then, things get positively diabolical.
The narrative is straightforward, but puts forth tendrils of allegory and themes that are rich and clear. Under its…
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…
Roman Polanski created excellent works outside stereotype area: Repulsion, Chinatown, and this one, Rosemary's Baby. The plot is the key, and Polanski handled it so well, how the suspense was built slow but surely. Let's not forget to give credits to the characters, especially the actresses: Mia Farrow as Rosemary, and Ruth Gordon as Minnie Castevet. The phone booth scene will stay on my mind for a long time. Last but not least, it's alway nice to see John Cassavetes with his grin.
Early on in Rosemary's Baby, the titular character wanders through the apartment of a deceased old lady. Scattered throughout the immensely detailed set are hundreds of dried herbs, scattered papers, and most importantly a note that Rosemary picks up reading “I can no longer associate.” Suicide. However, Rosemary, even after the realtor notes that a armoir had been moved to block a closet, does not react, instead she continues to explore and decides to buy the dusty apartment along with her objecting husband Guy. Three things are set up by this scene. One, Rosemary is often ignorant of details in favor of her desired narrative. Two, Rosemary and her husband are already disconnected– the sex scene in the empty apartment…
One of the few films to truly make the ordinary terrifying. Perfect pacing.
A frightening tale of Satanism and pregnancy that's even more disturbing than it sounds thanks to convincing and committed performances by Mia Farrow and Ruth Gordon.
First of four mystery movies at Alamo Drafthouse's Dismember the Alamo Halloween movie marathon.
It had been a long time since I'd seen Rosemary's Baby, so while I remembered plot points and even some of the scenes, I didn't remember how goddamn GOOD it is. Watching the tension ratchet up and trying to figure out what exactly's going on (Is she crazy? Is it really happening?) is fantastic. Throw in the performances by the whole cast (Mia Farrow and Ruth Gordon) and you can't ask for much more.
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This movie is fucking crazy. It's one of those stories that won't necessarily scare you right away, but try going to bed without it plaguing your mind.
I haven't watched many Roman Polanski films, but of those I have viewed I would say the Pianist and Rosemary's Baby are my favorite. Rosemary's baby had a very clean look to it with the interior of each apartment looking neat but lived in. The cast is excellent and Mia Farrow is superb.
The kindness of the neighbors in the film make the ending quite surprising and I feel that is part of the real terror of the film. In the world presented in Polanski's film it seems all to likely that the kindly, elderly, couple next door may have a sinister secret.
What I Learned:
Ironically, Satan does it in the missionary position
"Awful things happen in every apartment house." — Rosemary Woodhouse (Mia Farrow)
Watched two out of three of Polanski's apartment trilogy as a follow-up to Francesco Barilli's The Perfume of the Lady in Black.
Rosemary's Baby is a gorgeous and hugely influential film that was a joy to return to after first seeing it over forty years ago. Great cast, great score. <passes out>
I actually watched this 1.86 times over two days, and instead of re-logging, I wanted to note the well-noted way Polanski has with interior spaces, and really conveying both a sense of claustrophobia and a cocoon-like comfort, and really using the divide between inside and outside. When I saw Rosemary's Baby in my youth,…
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