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Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

USA 136m, Colour
Director: Roman Polanski; Cast: Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon, Sidney Blackmer, Maurice Evans

Rosemarys-BabyRosemary’s Baby is a creepy film that is bolstered by an outstanding performance by Mia Farrow. As the vessel for the devil’s seed, Farrow’s character is tormented by nightmares of her drug-induced sexual encounter with the dark-lord and her suspicion that her baby will be taken from her when it is born. If that were not enough, perhaps the most disturbing part of this film is her husband’s role as a struggling actor who allows his wife to be inseminated and her baby taken in return for the promise of a successful career. The film’s only real flaw is the fact that it portrays witchcraft and satanism as compatible belief systems, when in fact, they are fundamentally opposed – which only served to confuse a generation of fans who failed to realize that a “real witch” does not subscribe to Christianity, and thus would have no interest in Satan’s spawn (Klaus Ming October 2009).

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2 comments on “Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

  1. Derrick
    11/02/2009

    After viewing it my only nitpick would be that to make the film just a tad more creepy they should have made the issue of it all being in her head a bit more elusive. If the viewer couldn’t place between if she was crazy or the events were actually happening, if they couldn’t ground the films events because of her paranoia, then that would be truly offsetting and make for a creepy, take form it your own ending, film.

    Also Joshua (2007) can be viewed as a Rosemary’s Baby 2. I like to view the film as her 12 years later with the baby grown up as Joshua. The characters and time dont fit but still. If you liked Rosemary’s Baby borrow my copy of Joshua

  2. klausming
    11/02/2009

    That is a very cool idea, and now that you mention it, i’m surprised that they didn’t play up that angle. I don’t know Joshua (2007), sounds interesting – i’ll check it out.

    Speaking of scary movies, Greta and I saw Paranormal Activity last night. Awesome film – watch for a review in the next day or so.

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