|Rosemary's Baby (DVD, 2000)|
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Rosemary's Baby. Wow, what can I say, this is a film that stands the test of time. As much as I love 80's horror movies nothing can compare to a true horror classic.
Rosemary and her husband Guy - a struggling actor - have just found the perfect apartment in NYC. Huge, great location, rent controlled! Of course the apt comes with nosy neighbors but what the heck, they seem nice. While Guy goes on auditions Rosemary decorates and dreams of having a baby. Then a girl Rosemary befriended commits suicide and Guy seems to be getting awfully friendly with the nosy old couple next door. Guy tells Rosemary they should have a baby - which makes her day! But the ruffie dessert the neighbors brought over made her groggy and Satan took Guy's place as future daddy.
Suddenly Guy's career is in full swing - by "accident" - and Rosemary is knocked up. She goes to a weird but respected dr who gives bad advice for a regular mom-to-be but seems to do the trick for the antichrist's mom. the neighbors give her smelly jewelry and she is all set!
Rosemary thought Satan raping her was a dream and that incessant stomach pain was normal pregnancy stuff. But then she starts putting two and two together when she finds out how Guy got his breakthrough role and how her friend died trying to help her and how pain like that was not normal and how the dr also had smelly jewelry and so on and so forth. By then it is too late, she is in labor and giver birth to a boy who "has his father's eyes" - how lovely!
Mia Farrow was perfect as Rosemary, vulnerable and sweet. John Cassavetes was one of the most talented actors (and director, writer) of his generation and it shows - Guy is such a bastard! Ruth Gordon and Sidney Blackmer played the neighbors with such creepiness that Ruth Gordon won both an Oscar and a Gold Globe for her role.
I cannot recommend this movie enough. For horror, thriller, drama fans this is a must have dvd!
Rosemary's Baby is a work of creative genius, an extraordinary cinematic achievement that is even more astonishing when you realize it was a mainstream release. This is one of the finest movies of its era and of its genre, which is to say, American movies.
The direction and art direction, the lighting, the cinematography and the writing are nuanced and superb, each contributing to the overall success of the story and achievement of the movie. After more than a dozen viewings, Mia Farrow's perfomance still takes my breath away with its unrelenting openness and vulnerability. On screen, she is riveting. The entire cast supports her with performances of equal skill, depth and quality. The plot unfolds with provocative subtlety, weaving in and out of overheard conversation, innuendo and sequences that seem at first to be dreams. Polanski builds tension and a sense of gathering horror without ever resorting to cheap or gross images.
Pay careful attention to the dinner scene, when Rosemary detects a chalky undertaste in the chocolate mousse. Brilliant, absolutely brilliant, a bell that rings throughout the movie. Indeed, every scene is so layered, so nuanced, so connected to every other scene that the movie rewards multiple viewings.
The additional features on the DVD reveal Polanski's genius and also offer delightful behind the scenes images of Farrow at work and play. I suggest watching the interview with Polanski before watching the movie and saving the other features for after.
Special Note: The opening scene shows the Dakota, its court yard and the passageway where John Lennon was killed a bit more than a decade after the film was made.
Young people today may see Rosemary's Baby as boring along the standards of horror movies of today. With the likes of Jason, Freddie Krueger, and some of the other twisted ideas that have come out since Rosemary's Baby, it's no wonder. The industry has gone more towards gore and shock and awe. At it's release in 1968, when it was made(along with The Exorcist - 1975), it was was cutting edge and explored a realm that was not talked about or explored at the time - Satan and demons. Considered a taboo subject at it's release, Rosemary's Baby explores secret societies and their creation of a "demon child"/ "spawn of Satan" using poor Rosemary as an unwitting pawn. To this day, 40+ years later, nobody has been able to give such a graphic, detailed depiction of this "taboo" subject. Another reason why Roman Pulanksi is one of the "masters of Terror"!
This is one of two movies (Chinatown being the other) that unquestionably place Roman Polanski among the greatest directors of his generation. An utterly chilling story with razor-sharp plot and character (Ruth Gordon from Harold and Maude's other amazing role), this work shows us almost nothing horror-related and lets us imagine it instead-- the greatest quality a horror director can show is restraint.
The extras are nice-- three interviews and a making of doc.
This is a great movie, a movie that is scary without the gore. The Production staff and Director didn't use many special effects and the actors were actually capable of acting. Ahhh....those were the days!! If you are a fan of Roman Polanski films you probably have seen this. If not, by all means....see it. It's well worth the time.