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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.
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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…
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.…
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A very creepy film that shows Roman Polanski can deliver horror just as well as he does drama and crime thrillers. I had only watched The Pianist and Chinatown from him previously so it was very interesting to see his roots as a director. Rosemary’s Baby has a slow build up but it successfully makes the viewer constantly suspicious of almost every character that surround our protagonist. The unsettling atmosphere helps boosting the suspense and the performances are terrific. Mia Farrow alternates being fragile and glowing, showing that her character can be pretty multifaceted. Her protective and motherly side lead her to the ultimate test by the end, which was quite powerful to see. John Cassavetes is also great and very subtle in this role. Rosemary’s Baby is a truly unnerving experience and nothing short of amazing.
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…
I probably should have watched this last month... Anyways, this film was just fantastic. While not necessarily scary, it was definitely unsettling. There really aren't any jump scares or "gotcha" moments, but nearly every scene is filled with a pervasive sense of paranoia, the mark of some very assured direction. Even seemingly mundane things like a trip to the doctor's office just felt.... off in this movie. The acting was also amazing with Farrow and Gordon giving the best performances in my opinion.
What struck me about watching Rosemary's Baby a second time is just how darkly funny the first 90 minutes are. Ruth Gordon and Sidney Blackmer were perfectly cast as the "neighbors from hell." Not to mention Mia Farrow and John Cassavetes. The first viewing was a creepy, haunting experience. Second time around it was just as creepy, but I was able to really appreciate the craft that went into this great film.
This film reminded me a tiny bit of Don't Look Now, or should that be the other way round? The rape scene in this is so intense, and I had myself drawn into it so much that when my dog barked I released a small and gross squeak. I'm still not sure what happened to the girl in the beginning. Also, Guy rapes Rosemary. This almost entirely goes unnoticed. Therefore, the rest of the film and her pregnancy is given a grotty undertone and distrust, and this makes it terrifying.
Good story told well, although heavy on exposition and ultimately not as nailbiting as it could have been. Mia Farrow is terrific at expressing the vulnerability of a pregnant woman trying to keep Satanist's hands off of her baby to no avail.
I must say, Rosemary's Baby is a really good film. The themes are excellent, and I both respected and enjoyed it. I'm glad I watched it and I enjoyed it for the most part, so my rating definitely isn't an 'appreciation score'.
However it just didn't grab me on the level I expected. Upon asking what I was watching, my mother started raving about how creepy the film is. The ideas the film can plant in your head are daunting for sure. The inevitable dread that will follow that ending, channeled through the theme of unconditional motherhood. The faith one can put in those close to them, or even their own faith. The lines between a horrifying reality and delusion.…
A film that only gets better as the years go by. If you haven't seen it in a while, or just haven't seen it, I recommend you give it a viewing (preferably the Criterion blu-ray, as the transfer is quite good).
The "impregnation" is one of the all-time great scenes in cinema.
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went to a free screening w delaney!! i had a lot of fun. i really liked this movie, even tho roman polanski is problematic as hell, which makes me :/ but i still had a good time. mia farrow was rly cute
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This is probably my favorite Polanski movie, its the second one in his apartment trilogy. The other ones are Repulsion and The Tenant.
What a perfect atmosphere this film has. Although the young couple are moving into an apartment building that has a troubled history, to put it mildly, everything else seems quite normal. But still, something is off. Rosemary feels it, and we as viewers feel it.
As viewers we simply don't know what conclusions to draw from the clues being laid out before us. Until the very end we remain uncertain to what type of film Rosemary's Baby really is. And it is perhaps exactly the finale that is the film's weakest point. A few minor changes here…
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