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Rosemary's Baby


Roger Davidson

Rosemary's Baby
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On the other hand, I can see exactly why this was a hit. Suspenseful, chilling, good acting, fantastic cinematography and eerie music. This was director Roman Polanski's first major hit. It deals with a young woman (Mia Farrow), who is about to have a baby, not knowing, until too late, that it's the devil's child. She finds out that her kindly, old neighbors (Sidney Blackmer and academy-award winner, Ruth Gordon) are witches and her husband (John Cassavetes) has made a pact with the devil. The pact is to have the neighbors give Farrow some concoction, which creates hallucination of the devil making love to her. She does not realize that she actually is making love with the devil.

Nine months later, she will give birth to the devil's child, and a new Satan is born. A truly frightening, psychological thriller, based on the novel by Ira Levin, this found a huge audience. For some it was a religious allegory; to others, especially women, it showed the "worst fears" possibilities of pregnancy. But for the most part, the ending of the film said it all. Rosemary's love for her child is stronger than her need to destroy him.

I can't say one way or another if any of these aspects are true. I can say that Rosemary's Baby should go on your list of what to rent on Halloween.

My Rating = Four Stars

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