Rosemary's Baby

Schedule

Sunday, Nov. 4 at 1:30pm
St. Louis Public Library

Horrifying and darkly comic, “Rosemary’s Baby” — part of SLIFF’s Golden Anniversaries: 1968 program — served as Roman Polanski’s memorable Hollywood debut. This wildly entertaining nightmare, faithfully adapted from Ira Levin’s bestseller, stars a revelatory Mia Farrow as a young mother-to-be who grows increasingly suspicious that her over-friendly elderly neighbors (played by Sidney Blackmer and an Oscar®-winning Ruth Gordon) and self-involved husband (John Cassavetes) are hatching a satanic plot against her and her baby. In the decades of occult cinema that Polanski’s ungodly masterpiece has spawned, it has never been outdone for sheer psychological terror. Entertainment Weekly writes: “Using New York’s famed apartment house the Dakota for all its cavernous shadowiness, and exploiting the 23-year-old Farrow’s tremulous space-child vulnerability to underscore her terror and solitude, Polanski worked with an elegant restraint that less talented filmmakers have been trying to mimic ever since.”

Free
1968
136 min.
English

Directed by

Roman Polanski

Country

U.S.

Film Category

Archival Presentations Golden Anniversaries: 1968

Subject

Family Issues Supernatural

Genre

Horror