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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.
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…
"I dreamed someone was raping me."
last time i watched this, probably 15 years ago, it bugged me. Rosemary's lack of agency felt dated, kind of a variation on that thing where some old thriller could never work today because cellphones. by some probably very rigid reckoning of representation she seemed remarkably passive. i feel stupid about that now because that agency isn't missing, it's been taken, systematically stolen and then co-opted, which is of course entirely the point.
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.
This is a wonderfully constructed film done in by a poor ending. Roman Polanski does a remarkable job of building tension and suspense, and has you questioning what's real and what's not throughout. And then, that ambiguity is stripped away by the ending.
Perhaps because I found the ambiguity leading up to the ending to be so much more compelling than any actual answer could be, this resolution took me a couple of steps back from the rhetorical ledge. It went from being "superb" to merely good.
That being said, a remarkable bit of filmmaking here. No doubt.
How has the horror genre become so weak? Bring this stuff back! An incredible, horrifying horror film with absolutely zero gimmicks. I'm in love.
Also, I never want to see it again. Nightmares forever.
ELF SHOT LAME WITCH
Unexpectedly captivating despite its age and length. Mia Farrow is mesmerizing as Rosemary and there's not one scene that does not seem essential. It's not as terrifying as advertised (for example, The Exorcist left me more disturbed) but the whole thing is still thoroughly unsettling not in the least due to some rather puzzling dream sequences.
Part of my Oscar nominated or winning movie Watchlist:
Academy Awards, 1969
-Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Ruth Gordon
-Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium
Brilliant vulnerable performance from Mia Farrow makes it so difficult to watch her fall prey to Maude and her evil devil worshipping buddies, especially knowing Woody Allen is probably looking on, licking his lips.
reason #347 for why i don't want to birth out a tiny person.
Esta fue selección de Letth, ya le traía ganas desde que leyó el libro.
De Polansky nomás me gusta Chinatown, Bitter Moon y the Ninth Gate (guiltypleasure). ah, y su mujer. que está muy buena.
Esto lo escribí en 2003. Ahora sé que The Tenant está por encima de todas.
- A Trip to the Moon
- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
- The Godfather
- Seven Samurai
- The Godfather: Part II
- 12 Angry Men
- Pulp Fiction
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Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!