is he even cool?
It took me 19 years to finally watch this movie. I have to say that it wasn't boring at all, but honestly I can't seem to understand why is it that so many people think ROSEMARY'S BABY is so great. Something similar happened to me when I watched The Tenant a while ago. Personally, I don't think I get the Polanski horror.
This film is perfect horror in the sense that I find it very difficult to watch. Just one example: I find Cassavetes' character so deplorable and sickening that I am embarrassed to have once called myself an actor. It's the the kernel of truth to his character that's so horrifying. And yet his performance as an actor is revelatory.
Polanski fills this w/ details that aid immersion in his mise-en-scène: towels fall down from a high closet shelf; Mia hides her sedative pills in a gap in her bookshelf; Mia mutters absently to herself; a phone call makes you try to crane your head around a doorsill -- a sensation accumulates of being imprisoned w/ her. The film replicates capitalist horror: the discovery that a bigger prison encloses the first one.
I'm very happy to have finally seen the film - I've been thinking about it ever since. I'd attempted to watch it when I was a teenager, but it was too boring for me then. The horror of disguised evil. Also, as an interesting side note, in both the Exorcist and Rosemary's Baby (two of the best horror films ever made), doctors play a particularly unhelpful or conspiratorial and evil role... just a thought.
I've come to the conclusion that, yes, "Rosemary's Baby" is Polanski's masterpiece. Even if it was aimed at the mainstream American trash demographic of housewives reading pulpy paperback horror, it has a classiness to it that only Roman could have recalled. It's a disturbing visual piece (bring on that Criterion edition!) and an aural experience just as haunting. The finale isn't just horrifying. It's beautiful.
I wish modern horror movies were still like this--more suspense and less gore. Mia Farrow was amazing. I also really liked the costumes, something I wasn't really thinking about before I watched the film but something that really stood out.
"Rosemary's Baby" is a really haunting tale about a woman that is carrying the Devil's child. I love the very suspenseful atmosphere and how we can relate to Rosemary as she is finding herself more and more caught up in all the craziness surrounding her pregnancy, her husband and the strange couple of elderly neighbors... For me, it has one of the best movie posters ever created!
One of the all time great horror films. Polanski took a pulp novel by Ira Levin and turned it into something sublime. A finely crafted and suspenceful experience anchored by some great performances from Gordon, Blackmer, Bellamy and especially Mia Farrow. The stories of how Polanski basically tortured this performance out of Farrow are legendary. A film that proves you don't need to expose to elicit horror.
One of Polanski's best. This clever, terrifying, funny and diabolical film grips you in a stranglehold and never lets go. Kudos to everyone in the cast, most especially to Miss Farrow who literally transforms in front of your eyes from sunny, content housewife wearing yellow dresses and plaid skirts to hapless and emaciated-looking victim, sporting a blunt, close-cropped Vidal Sassoon haircut.
shocked to see the comments here saying the ending is bad, or cartoonish! it has a totally terrifying nightmare quality to it. the look on her face when she peers into the cradle! utterly priceless. I think the reason this film is arguably polanski's most famous is because it allows us to assimilate with the main character so closely. that scene where she's so sick and crying in the red nightgown is heart wrenching.
scariest thing about this film for me is what the mythic structure might be saying; now i want to watch something to counteract psychological poison! coming out in the mid-sixties like that, when it would have flown right in the face of a sense of the natural/spiritual core of feminism.. i wonder if it's that 'archetypal' focus which makes this story feel so chilling and hopeless, it was for me anyway. nasty.