Rosemary's Baby

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Rosemary’s Baby is a classic psychological horror film which came out in 1968. It was directed by Roman Polanski, one of my favorite directors. I would place him right up there with Alfred Hitchcock, just in terms of the way he is able to have such a filmmaker’s vision and command over his audiences. The 1960’s is my favorite decade for films, and probably my favorite decade of the 20th century because it was such a turbulent time. It was the rise of counter-culture and psychedelia that broke the mold and allowed people to “misbehave”. It’s certainly reflected in the films of this era, which were more avant garde and took chances- this film is a prime example of that.
The movie is about Rosemary Woodhouse (played by Mia Farrow), who
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I realize that is a cliché, but this is probably one of the best examples of that cliché. The movie explores the paranoia that is simmering beneath human consciousness. It still resonates today, but I can only imagine how it resonated at the time. As I said before, the 1960’s were such a turbulent period- we had the JFK assassination, Vietnam, Civil Rights… the list goes on and on and on. And you see this in Rosemary’s Baby in so many different symbols, but I would say particularly in religious oppression and masculinity that is at the forefront of society, kind of taking over femininity. I like the fact that Rosemary has to be in the middle of all this chaos and has to come to terms with it. Mia Farrow as Rosemary is really the perfect casting. She has a waif-like physique, petite, and can really pull off the shy “little girl” persona. She looks like somebody you would want to walk all over. She is not intimidating in the least. It is easy to see how her husband and neighbors can take advantage of her the way they do. As she gets sicker and sicker throughout her pregnancy, she is made to look awful. The makeup special effects were phenomenal- she looked malnourished, bony, her skin looks pale and almost bluish. The great thing about her is that she is this woman that otherwise would never have a chance to really stand-up for herself and be independent. In…show more content…
It is not necessarily grotesque or scary in the traditional sense of a horror film. There is just something that is slightly off-kilter about it, and I can say this about all Polanski films. The way that he directs the movie is done in a way that the viewer is not used to and has never seen before, so you can’t quite put your finger on what it is that is really affecting you. A lot of the intensity of the film comes from the fact that Roman Polanski had such a traumatic childhood. His experiences contribute to how he views the world and how he directs his films. So if you have not seen this film, please do so. It is simply a masterful study in not just the way great films are made, but in the way they can interpret the paranoia of people and their
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