Saturday, November 8, 2008
Next Week The Charles Theatre will screen the new 35mm print of ROSEMARY’S BABY struck for the film’s 40th Anniversary.
Saturday, November 15 at Noon
Monday, November 17 at 7pm
Thursday, November 20 at 9pm
Pregnant women sometimes look at their men as if to say, "What did you do to me?" Rosemary (Mia Farrow), the Omaha-born girl who's now living in Manhattan, has reason to wonder, and this satirical gothic thriller, written and directed by Roman Polanski, from Ira Levin's novel, is told from her point of view. Rosemary's actor-husband (John Cassavetes) conspires with a coven, drugs her, and mates her with Satan, in exchange for a Broadway hit. It's genuinely funny, yet it's also scary, especially for young women: it plays on their paranoid vulnerabilities. The queasy and the grisly are mixed with its entertaining hipness. (It's probably more fun for women who are past their childbearing years.) Mia Farrow is enchanting in her fragility: she's just about perfect for her role. And the darkly handsome Cassavetes is ideal as the narcissist who makes the deal for a cloven-hoofed infant. Also with Ruth Gordon, Sidney Blackmer, Maurice Evans, Ralph Bellamy, Patsy Kelly, Charles Grodin, and Elisha Cook (Jr.). The cinematography is by William Fraker; the production design is by Richard Sylbert; the editing is by Sam O'Steen. Paramount. 136m, Rated R, Color. (Pauline Kael)