πŸŽ₯ Rosemary’s Baby – 1968

The Story …

Guy Woodhouse, a stage actor, and his wife, Rosemary, move into the Bramford, a large Renaissance Revival apartment building in New York City.

They disregard their friend Hutch’s warning about the Bramford’s dark past with witchcraft and murder.

In the laundry room, Rosemary meets a young woman, Terry Gionoffrio, a recovering drug addict whom Minnie and Roman Castevet, the Woodhouses’ elderly neighbours, have taken in.

One night, Terry apparently jumps to her death from the Castevets’ 7th-floor apartment, distressing the Castevets. While Guy grows close to the couple, Rosemary finds them annoying and meddlesome.

Minnie gives Terry’s pendant to Rosemary as a good luck charm, saying it contains “tannis root” …

Guy is cast in a prominent play after the lead actor inexplicably goes blind. With his acting career flourishing, Guy wants to have a baby with Rosemary. On the night that they plan to conceive, Minnie brings over individual cups of chocolate mousse for their dessert. When Rosemary complains that it has a chalky “under-taste” and does not finish it, Guy criticizes her as being ungrateful. Rosemary consumes a bit more to mollify him, then discreetly discards the rest. Soon after, she grows dizzy and passes out.

In a dreamlike state, Rosemary hallucinates being raped by a demonic presence (Satan) as Guy, the Castevets, and other Bramford tenants, all nude, watch. The next morning, Guy explains the scratches covering Rosemary’s body by claiming that he did not want to miss “baby night” and had sex with her while she was unconscious. He says he has since cut his nails.

Rosemary becomes pregnant, with the baby due the last week of June. The elated Castevets insist that Rosemary goes to their close friend, Dr. Abraham Sapirstein, a prominent obstetrician, rather than her own physician, Dr. Hill. During her first trimester, Rosemary suffers severe abdominal pains and loses weight. By Christmastime, her gaunt appearance alarms her friends and also Hutch, who has been researching the Bramford’s history. Before sharing his findings with Rosemary, he falls into a mysterious coma.

Rosemary, unable to withstand the pain, insists on seeing Dr. Hill, while Guy argues against it, saying Dr. Sapirstein will be offended. As they argue, the pains suddenly stop and Rosemary feels the baby move.

Three months later, Hutch’s friend, Grace Cardiff, informs Rosemary that Hutch is dead. Before dying, he briefly regained consciousness and said to give Rosemary a book on witchcraft, All of Them Witches, along with the cryptic message: “The name is an anagram”.

Rosemary eventually deduces that Roman Castevet is an anagram for Steven Marcato, the son of a former Bramford resident and a reputed Satanist. She suspects that the Castevets and Dr. Sapirstein belong to a Satanic coven and have sinister intentions for her baby. Guy discounts this and later throws the book away, upsetting Rosemary and making her suspicious of him.

Terrified, she goes to Dr. Hill for help. Assuming that she is delusional, he calls Dr. Sapirstein, who arrives with Guy to take her home, threatening if she resists, to have her sent to a psychiatric hospital. Rosemary locks herself into the apartment, but coven members somehow infiltrate and restrain her. Dr. Sapirstein sedates a hysterical Rosemary, who goes into labor and gives birth.

When she awakens, she is told the baby was stillborn. As Rosemary recovers, she notices her pumped breast milk appears to be saved instead of disposed of. She stops taking her prescribed pills, becoming less groggy. When Rosemary hears an infant crying, Guy claims new tenants with a baby have moved into an apartment one floor up.

Believing her baby is alive, Rosemary discovers a hidden door in the bedroom closet leading directly into Minnie and Roman’s apartment. Guy, the Castevets, Dr. Sapirstein, and other coven members are there, gathered around a bassinet draped in black with an upside down cross hanging over it. Peering inside, Rosemary is horrified and demands to know what is wrong with her baby’s eyes. Roman proclaims that the child, Adrian, Satan’s son and the supposed Antichrist, “has his father’s eyes”.

He urges Rosemary to mother her child, promising her she will not have to join the coven. When Guy attempts to calm her, saying they will be rewarded and will conceive their own children, she spits in his face.

After hearing the infant’s cries, however, Rosemary gives in to her maternal instincts and gently rocks the cradle.

Credits :

  • Directed by : Roman Polanski
  • Screenplay by : Roman Polanski
  • Based on : Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
  • Produced by : William Castle
  • Cinematography : William A. Fraker
  • Edited by : Sam O’Steen and Bob Wyman
  • Music by : Krzysztof Komeda
  • Production Company : William CastleΒ Enterprises
  • Distributed by : Paramount Pictures
  • Release Date : June 12, 1968

Cast :

  • Mia Farrow as Rosemary Woodhouse
  • John Cassavetes as Guy Woodhouse
  • Ruth Gordon as Minnie Castevet
  • Sidney Blackmer as Steven Marcato / Roman Castevet
  • Maurice Evans as Hutch
  • Ralph Bellamy as Dr. Abraham Sapirstein
  • Angela Dorian as Terry Gionoffrio
  • Patsy Kelly as Laura-Louise McBirney
  • Elisha Cook as Mr. Nicklas
  • Emmaline Henry as Elise Dunstan
  • Charles Grodin as Dr. Hill
  • Hanna Landy as Grace Cardiff
  • Philip Leeds as Dr. Shand
  • D’Urville Martin as Diego
  • Hope Summers as Mrs. Gilmore
  • Marianne Gordon as Rosemary’s girlfriend
  • Wendy Wagner as Rosemary’s girlfriend
  • Tony Curtis as Donald Baumgart

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