Rosemary's Baby

Rosemary's Baby

Mia Farrow
Director: Roman Polanski Cast: Mia Farrow
Mia Farrow
, John Cassavetes
John Cassavetes
, Ruth Gordon
Ruth Gordon
Roman Polanski

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Overview

In Roman Polanski's first American film, adapted from Ira Levin's horror bestseller, a young wife comes to believe that her offspring is not of this world. Waifish Rosemary Woodhouse (Mia Farrow) and her struggling actor husband, Guy (John Cassavetes), move into the Bramford, an old New York City apartment building with an ominous reputation and only elderly residents. Neighbors Roman and Minnie Castevet (Sidney Blackmer and Ruth Gordon) soon come nosing around to welcome the Woodhouses to the building; despite Rosemary's reservations about their eccentricity and the weird noises that she keeps hearing, Guy starts spending time with the Castevets. Shortly after Guy lands a plum Broadway role, Minnie starts showing up with homemade chocolate mousse for Rosemary. When Rosemary becomes pregnant after a mousse-provoked nightmare of being raped by a beast, the Castevets take a special interest in her welfare. As the sickened Rosemary becomes increasingly isolated, she begins to suspect that the Castevets' circle is not what it seems. The diabolical truth is revealed only after Rosemary gives birth, and the baby is taken away from her. Polanski's camerawork and Richard Sylbert's production design transform the realistic setting (shot on-location in Manhattan's Dakota apartment building) into a sinister projection of Rosemary's fears, chillingly locating supernatural horror in the familiar by leaving the most grotesque frights to the viewer's imagination. This apocalyptic yet darkly comic paranoia about the hallowed institution of childbirth touched a nerve with late-'60s audiences feeling uneasy about traditional norms. Produced by B-horror maestro William Castle, Rosemary's Baby became a critically praised hit, winning Gordon an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. Inspiring a wave of satanic horror from The Exorcist (1973) to The Omen (1976), Rosemary's Baby helped usher in the genre's modern era by combining a supernatural story with Alfred Hitchcock's propensity for finding normality horrific.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/30/2012
UPC: 0715515100717
Original Release: 1968
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: ABC
Presentation: [Color]
Time: 2:16:00
Sales rank: 2,044

Special Features

New documentary featuring interviews with Polanski, actress Mia Farrow, and Producer Robert Evans; Interview with author Ira Levin from a 1997 broadcast of Leonard Lopate's public radio program New York and Company, about his 1967 novel, it's sequel, and the film; Komeda, Komeda, a feature-length documentary on the life and work of jazz musician and composer Krzysztof Komeda, who wrote the score for Rosemary's Baby; ; Plus: a booklet featuring an essay by critic Ed Park; Levin's afterword to the 2003 New American Library Edition of his novel; and Levin's rare, unpublished character sketches of the Woodhouses and floor plan of their apartment, created in preparation for the novel

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mia Farrow Rosemary Woodhouse
John Cassavetes Guy Woodhouse
Ruth Gordon Minnie Castevet
Sidney Blackmer Roman Castevet
Maurice Evans Hutch
Ralph Bellamy Dr. Sapirstein
Patsy Kelly Laura-Louise
Elisha Cook Mr. Nicklas
Hanna Landy Grace
Emmaline Henry Elise Dunstan
Marianne Gordon Joan Jellico
Phil Leeds Dr. Shand
Charles Grodin Dr. Hill
Hope Summers Mrs. Gilmore
Wende Wagner Tiger
Walter S. Baldwin Mr. Wees
Bill Baldwin Salesman
Roy Barcroft Sun-Browned Man
Charlotte Boerner Mrs. Fountain
Gail Bonney Babysitter
Carol Brewster Claudia Comfort
Sebastian Brooks Argyron Stavropoulos
William Castle Man Outside Phone Booth
Patricia Ann Conway Mrs. John F. Kennedy
Paul Denton Skipper
John Halloran Mechanic
Marilyn Harvey Dr. Sapirstein's Receptionist
Jean Innes Sister Agnes
Mona Knox Mrs. Byron
Natalie Masters Young Woman
Elmer Modlin Young Man
Floyd Mutrux Actor
Patricia O'Neal Mrs. Wees
Robert Osterloh Mr. Fountain
Josh Peine Men at Party
Joan T. Reilly Pregnant Woman
George Savalas Workman
Almira Sessions Mrs. Sabatini
Michael Shillo Pope
Clay Tanner Devil
Frank White Hugh Dunstan
Joyce Davis Dee Bertillon
Angela Dorian Terry Fionoffrio
D'Urville Martin Diego
Gordon Connell Guy's Agent
Tony Curtis Donald Baumgart
Ernest Harada Young Japanese man
Bruno Sidar Mr. Gilmore

Technical Credits
Roman Polanski Director,Screenwriter
William Castle Producer
Farciot Edouart Special Effects
William A. Fraker Cinematographer
Krzysztof Komeda Score Composer
Harold Lewis Sound/Sound Designer
Daniel McCauley Asst. Director
Robert Nelson Set Decoration/Design
Sam O'Steen Editor
Joel Schiller Art Director
Allan Snyder Makeup
Richard Sylbert Production Designer
Anthea Sylbert Costumes/Costume Designer
Bob Wyman Editor

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