This time of year, every year there are two films that I HAVE to watch, John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978) and Rosemary’s Baby (1968), baby! Rosemary’s Baby follows young newlyweds who move into a beautiful apartment building. Soon they are surrounded by peculiar neighbors and odd occurrences. When the wife becomes pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child begins to control her life.
A movie about a satanic cult that manages to produce a fresh contemporary take that delivers redonkulous style, and glamour including the greatest house makeover on film maybe ever..? YES PLEASE! You can also pick a subtext. I say that not having read the original novel by Ira Levine. I prefer the evil underbelly of the upper class to the traumas of childbirth analogies. But I amm sure there are many a theory to choose from.
Roman Polanski directed the film and Cinematographer (Director of Photography), William A. Fraker creates an unbelievable tension through lighting the gorgeous setting of the Dakota (Apartments) a real-life NYC upper west side cooperative apartment building known for celebrity tenants at the time and built in the early 1880s.
Not unlike Hitchcock, Polanski leaves the most important aspect of the film to the imagination. Add to that, the artful camera angles and it’s obvious why Rosemary’s Baby is both a classic horror film and a cult classic. It is the clear predecessor for films like The Omen and Audrey Rose. Stanley Kubrick credits watching Rosemary’s Baby as the impetus to tackle the genre himself with The Shining.
Some of my favorites star in this film, most importantly, amazing actor, activist, pixie queen and humanitarian Mia Farrow, and great filmmaker/actor John Cassavetes as Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse. The divine Ruth Gordon won an Academy Award (Oscar) and a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for her role as alternately endearing and creepy Minnie Castevet. I swoon over this film every time. And it creeps me out, EVERY time.
Some more fun obsessive compulsive links about Rosemary’s Baby can be found here, here, here and here! Because there will never be enough geek outs over this movie. And thank you Film Grabber for these amazing stills! ❤