4.5/5 - This is one of the most effective mood pieces I've seen in quite some time. There's a feel of an ever-growing foulness that engulfs the narrative in almost every scene of the film, which simultaneously derives from and contrasts with its more eccentric elements, such as the coo-coo characters and (almost) bipolar soundtrack.
3.5 stars. I don't like 'Rosemary's Baby' a whole bunch - mostly because... I find it kind of daft. Personally I think Polanski rather over eggs the pudding, much preferring the slow escalation of psychosis in 'Repulsion'. It has squirms a-plenty because Polanski is reliably squirm-inducing. A morally scabby talented technician in need of a good script from Skolimowski or Shakespeare.
With mother!, Hereditary et al it is worth asking why RB is fashionable again. Because the promise of progress underlines that technology, new age cures, & MEN still can't be trusted? All formulate a kind of 'bougie' horror, accepted as highbrow and here esp. detailing a trapping of affluence. Horror so much more about what is taken that nary a thought is given to those who champion the end.
Mia Farrow do her most memorable role as a young-to-be mother mixed up in devil's business. It is a very believable directed movie with good supporting help from the golden age of Hollywood players. It is perfect supplement to Polanski's earlier "Repulsion". Eerie music and gripping story that is almost 100% true to the book.
35mm, rewatched, re-rated. Cinematography by William A. Fraker and music by Krzysztof Komeda. It's a very interesting script in its accumulation of paranoia, but also boring in its constant reiteration. Polansky, always so overrated, seems to have filmed a landmark horror movie, when, after all, he has accomplished an appreciable work of industrial craftsmanship. Mia Farrow is insuperable.
Agghiacciante. Un velo sinistro copre costantemente ogni scena, ogni sguardo, ogni cupa intuizione, mentre un ineludibile terrore psicologico si insinua nella vostra testa. Quella sensazione disturbante sottopelle non può far altro che collocarlo tra i capolavori del genere, quelli che non necessitano di artifici computerizzati o mostri raccapriccianti per farti girare scosso per casa dopo il termine della visione.