Rosemary’s Baby (1968) 4.65/5 (2)
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Rating: The Good – 82.8
Genre: Horror
Duration: 136 mins
Director: Roman Polanksi
Stars: Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon

Satirical horror about a woman who comes to believe that her husband has promised their unborn baby to a witches’ coven made up of the co-tenants in her building. Roman Polanksi’s film is a triumph of suspense, intelligence, and atmosphere because like all great horror films he evokes fear not through predicable shocks and gore but through ambiguity and implication. In fact, there’s not one thing in this film that cannot be explained by referencing natural forces. And of course, this is the ultimate implication of Polanksi’s film and why the film ends on the most subtly satirical of notes. So subtle in fact that the vast majority of the film’s appreciators seem to have missed that point completely! In addition to Polanski’s direction, the film scores well on every other technical front. In particular, Richard Sylbert’s production design is exemplary and Christopher’s Komeda’s score greatly combines with the direction to generate the levels of suspense it does. The actors are also on top form with Mia Farrow being truly brilliant in the lead role and John Cassavetes approaching the role with his typically unique and unorthodox style. Ruth Gordon won the Oscar for her supporting role as the intrusive neighbour and deservedly so as it is mainly because of her performance (and the brief presence of her Asian house-guest) that Rosemary’s Baby succeeds so wonderfully as a disguised parody.

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