Friday, October 28, 2016

Rosemary's Baby (1968)

Directed by Roman Polanski
My rating: 4 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia
(Blu-ray, Criterion Collection)

Young housewife Mia Farrow and her struggling actor husband John Cassavetes rent a posh apartment in an old NYC building. Her husband befriends the elderly neighbors next door, who happen to be witches, little realizing that he has also made a bargain with them for her baby. He finds sudden stage success while the elderly couple dote on her during her pregnancy. An old family friend uncovers the truth, and is able to get it to Rosemary before he is killed. She desperately tries to save herself and her baby from the ruthless members of the witches coven. Polanski's classic unfolds slowly, like a good novel, with well developed characters and an intricate plot. Mia Farrow's descent into uncontrolled paranoia is convincing and unnerving.

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