Sunday, 9 January 2011

Review Of 'Rosemary's Baby'

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Fig 1 - Rosemary's Baby Poster

Roman Polanski’s depiction of a satanic horror film is nothing more than magical or in better context; frightful, dark and without doubt nerve racking. Yes, Polanski created a masterpiece which is Rosemary’s Baby. The Film is set in an ordinary flat in Manhattan, with an ordinary new couple ready to start their life together. Looks to be a happy story but you’d be wrong. Polanski uses his knowledge of horror to take his film to a whole new level. His key element is nothing more than to confuse the viewer into whether to believe in Rosemary’s sanity or insanity. Without doubt Polanski really brings the horror to this film by keeping us asking. What Next?


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Fig 2 - Weird dream...Weird Marks

As the storyline goes, Rosemary and her lover Guy move into a new apartment. No sooner do they begin living they peculiar neighbours and occurrences begin to happen. When Rosemary’s becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia and fear for her unborn child begins to control her life. Unknown to her, she carrying is a little devil...literally.

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Fig 3 - Rosemary Throws A Party

Polanski immediately immerses the viewer into the conspiracy and the madness which is this movie. His directing style immediately makes us question the movie... not of it quality but of the storyline. Whilst at the beginning we wonder the significance of the wardrobe and it reason for barricading the door. Not to mention the chanting from the next door neighbours. As the film progresses Polanski does nothing to suppress the insanity from the viewer mind as the slow but prominent escalation of the strange occurrence makes us ponder the final resolution of the film. 

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The biggest turning point no doubt is the night of conceiving of the un-born chilled where everything takes a huge twist. Polanski makes us question the sanity of Rosemary as we try to uncover the truth about the dream or reality put in front of us.  Due to previous dreams in which Rosemary continuously envision her religious past we can’t fathom a reason to believe in the demonic vision which is her conception but as she becomes woozy either because of the booze or the chocolate mousse with a chalky flavour it makes us ponder further on the creditability of the neighbours and the husband’s genuineness towards Rosemary. For Polanski this was it success as we keep guessing what going on nevertheless making us sympathy with Rosemary’s feeling of delusion and insanity. In turn ‘Ambiguity is constant, in that we are never sure whether Farrow's paranoia about a witches' coven is grounded in reality or a figment of her frustrated imagination.’ – GA

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Fig 4 - Minnie At The Door

Throughout the film we feel exasperated with insanity trying to find a solution to the madness. Taking this film to the extremes of the uncanny, as well as sending chills down our spine wondering, about newly made friends (acquaintances by Rosemary’s account).  As viewers we don’t know whether to believe in them either as ‘Ira Levin's story erodes Rosemary's sanity drip by drip. A pierced ear, a foul smelling charm, a chocolate mousse with a chalky flavour, and these are the unlikely fertilisers of her paranoia. In Polanski's hands their significance remains chillingly ambiguous as he explores the natural alienation of pregnancy. Truly terrifying.’ – And as the film draw closer to the end we gather the insecurity of being contained with this peculiar group.

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Fig 5 - Casavet Dinner


The final minute show the true genius, which is Polanski’s depiction of Ira Levin’s Novel. Following the insanity of the final days of pregnancy Rosemary is captured after being on the run. Like a person of insanity is sedated by her medical consult ‘Dr Abraham Sapirstein’ before giving birth. Following on we witness the final stages of Rosemary’s insanity wondering in and out of her conscious being sedated continuously nevertheless confusing ourselves into believing what is a dream and what is her reality. Still the final moments of the film are the most chilling as the story unfolds into the diabolical theme. With the birth taken place the so called ‘friends’ had used ritual to summon Satan and impregnate Rosemary with the antichrist. Yet even though with the truth we are confused as Rosemary motherly instinct almost forces her to care for the child although being the destruction of the world. Almost giving us the answer we have desired throughout explains the reason for the peculiar occurrences ‘But even at the last minute you can't be sure she isn't crazy. Maybe they're all nuts. We never see what is in that black-draped cradle. It's that smile playing on Rosemary's lips, suggesting that her maternal instinct and the conspirators' hold on this vapid baby doll have prevailed, that provides the biggest chill - Angie Errigo
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Fig 6 - Rosemary Losing Her Mind
In conclusion, the success of this film is no doubt credit to the madness in which it has been filmed and yet naturally it jigsaw puzzle of clues for the final finale. Naturally we find our self investigate and feeling apart of the moving trying to discover the truth. As pointing out before making the film being uncanny to it viewers and by extension metaphorically relatable to pregnant mothers as they feel the isolation, paranoia and changes in body also yet not to the extreme. Moreover the bigger picture is that we can sympathise with Rosemary in a state of paranoia over trusting in new faces so much so as the next door neighbour. Hopefully the case will never be extreme as this and yet because of this fear Roman Polanski created the must watch classic which is Rosemary’s Baby.
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Fig 6 - Minnie's Bad Smelling Present 








List Of Illustrations



Fig 1 Polanski, Roman (1968)Rosemary's Baby Poster
[Film Poster] From:Rosemary's Baby


Fig 2 Polanski, Roman (1968)Weird dream...Weird Marks
[Film Still]From:Rosemary's Baby

Fig 3 Polanski, Roman (1968)Rosemary Throws A Party
[Film Still]From:Rosemary's Baby

Fig 4 Polanski, Roman (1968)Minnie At The Door
[Film Still]From:Rosemary's Baby

Fig 5 Polanski, Roman (1968)Casavet Dinner
[Film Still]From:Rosemary's Baby

Fig 6 Polanski, Roman (1968)Rosemary Losing Her Mind
[Film Still]From:Rosemary's Baby


Fig 7 Polanski, Roman (1968)Minnie's Bad Smelling Present
[Film Still]From:Rosemary's Baby


 Bibliography
 (Accessed on10.01.11)

GA. Rosemary’s baby http://www.timeout.com/film/reviews/76955/rosemary-s_baby.html (Accessed on10.01.11)

Errigo Angie. Rosemary’s baby http://www.timeout.com/film/reviews/76955/rosemary-s_baby.html (Accessed on10.01.11)

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