Saturday, 4 January 2014

Film Favourites: Rosemary's Baby

I ummed and ahhed over whether I wanted to do this feature, but I love movies a lot and figured why not? Personally I always love to hear about peoples favourite anything, I think it's a great way to get to know someone. I don't claim to be any sort of expert so please don't expect serious reviews and me to start recommending films you've never heard of, this is literally just a feature to gush about the movies I enjoy, whatever they may be (and I pre-warn you, some may seem a little unexpected!). So to start here's my #1 favourite film that most people have probably seen:

Mia Farrow in Rosemary's Baby

When I first saw Rosemary's Baby, I must confess I was rather disappointed. I didn't know much about it beforehand, just that it was a horror film about a woman giving birth to the child of Satan, and so I kind of expected it to be like 1976's The Omen. So when it turned out not to be that I wasn't sure what to think, it felt like a very pretty film where not a lot happened and I just didn't get it. It didn't feel like a horror film to me and I couldn't get past that (I'm a Stephen King fan, I'm used to horror being blindingly obvious! Oh this is the thing I'm supposed to be scared of...). However the film lingered on my mind long after the closing credits and it wasn't long before I felt the need for a re-watch. And it was on that viewing that it all clicked.

Mia Farrow in Rosemary's Baby
Mia Farrow in Rosemary's Baby

Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse are a young couple who move into an apartment where the previous occupant has died of seemingly natural causes. Next door live the Castevets, a nosy old eccentric couple who seem mostly harmless, who Guy befriends despite Rosemary's reservations. After Rosemary falls pregnant things quickly become even more peculiar and it isn't long before she's feeling isolated and paranoid. As the film reaches it's climax you realise just how stifled Rosemary is. Are all of these elderly people really a Satanic coven? Has her husband really joined them? Or is she just going completely nuts? I love how ambiguous the film is and how so much can be left up to interpretation. On the surface everything seems normal, it's only when you look a little deeper and begin to question things that you really start to feel for Rosemary's completely hopeless situation. For me personally, that's always been the most disturbing part, how completely powerless Rosemary is despite her best efforts.

I must also confess to loving the film for more superficial reasons. I mean, who wouldn't love to own Rosemary's entire wardrobe, not to even mention her beautiful apartment. It's a visual treat.

Rosemary's Baby
Rosemary's Baby
Rosemary's Baby
Rosemary's Baby
Rosemary's Baby

2 comments

  1. oh i do love Rosemarys outfits in this film! Especially navy floral dress with the white collar!

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  2. I'm a bit of a film geek so this new feature pleases me immensely, I think you can tell a lot about someone by what films they like. I love Rosemary's baby too, the best thing in it are the harmlessly cute old neighbours/ satan worshippers. And the way it just builds and builds until it dawns on her and us that everyone is in on it...her husband, the doctor etc.

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