Ira Levin, upon whose novel Rosemary’s Baby is based, is one of America’s most versatile and successful authors. Many of his stories, books, and plays have been successfully adapted to the screen, running the gamut from comedy ( No Time for Sergeants , 1958) to Nazism ( The Boys from Brazil , 1978), to mystery ( Deathtrap, 1982). Roman Polanski adapted Levin’s novel to a screenplay, for which Robert Redford and Jane Fonda were the first choices.
Krzysztof Komeda, a Polish emigre who often works with Polanski, did the excellent score, and Bill Castle, the veteran producer of many low-quality horror films in addition to this one, makes a cameo appearance. Putting a devil-worship story in the heart of New York was the film’s central stroke of genius because everything that surrounds the tale was so innocuous and normal.
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