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All of them witches!

By Robert T. Trate     October 30, 2012
Source: Mania.com

It’s funny how a film can change for you, personally, over the years. I am surprised how E.T. has changed for me. The first time I saw it, I identified with Eliot. Years later, it was Mike. I saw the outsider’s perspective (ET’s point of view) as well. I know now that one day I will even see it through Mom’s eyes.  When it comes to Rosemary’s Baby, it isn’t so much about identification (I am not a father yet), but it’s how I perceive Rosemary (Mia Farrow) herself. With the release of a Criterion Collection Edition (Spine #630), I once again took a trip to the Black Bradford.

I took a film theory course in college and one assignment was to basically over analyze Rosemary’s Baby.  The assignment was to look at the fears of pregnancy in relation to the film. The moment where Rosemary knows her baby is alive has more to it than the Frankenstein quote and the horror acknowledged by the audience. It deals with a mother feeling a living thing growing inside her. The fear, for the mother, is supposed to be gone and the juxtaposition for the audience is that the fear is now real. Yes, Rosemary is going to have Satan’s Baby. I wish I could post the full paper or quote from it. Alas, those files were on 3.5 inch disc and are now forever gone. The point for this column is that, when I first saw Rosemary’s Baby, it was for school. It was a film to be dissected and analyzed. It didn’t deter my over all enjoyment of Polanski’s work. In fact, I sought out Fearless Vampire Killers next. Plus, to this day, I also ask any pregnant woman I meet, “Have you seen Rosemary’s Baby?”

When next I watched the film, outside of class, I had the forehand knowledge of what happens. You can see the brilliance of not only the script, also by Polanski, but also how well he directed the film. In watching Rosemary fall into the traps, it creates a sense of pity and discomfort. Poor Rosemary, she really has no one to turn to. Her husband, Guy (John Cassavetes), has sold her soul and now she has to be mother to Satan’s Baby. The feelings of remorse and horror are ever present up to the moment when Rosemary even picks up her baby and loves it anyway. 

Now, we arrive at the present. A new print of Rosemary’s Baby from the Criterion Collection. It has all the bells and whistles this landmark horror film deserves. Yet, in watching the film this time, it was different. The season, obviously, was right. However, this time as I watched Guy in that motorcycle commercial (the only other acting scene he does in the film besides a rehearsal) I noticed he wasn’t very good. Now, I know Rosemary supports him and is proud. Yet, when Guy suddenly becomes very “hot” she doesn’t ask why? When Terry (Victoria Vetri) dies, Rosemary fails to see how convenient it is that Minnie (Ruth Gordon) and Roman (Sidney Blackmer) just happened to be coming home at the same time? Nor is Rosemary completely weirded out that Minnie gives her Terry’s necklace. The same one she was wearing when they found her dead. Sentimental? Sure, but she knew her for all of 5 minutes and admits to talking to her only once. Should I go into how this “hot actor” is only hanging out with two old people in their apartment instead of working the party scene of New York with his pretty young wife? Here is another question, where is Rosemary’s family? She says she has several nieces and nephews and two siblings, yet they never show up. Her family from Omaha wasn’t estranged or disliked her and still cute, pregnant Rosemary is left out in the dark... with witches. So, in short, this time around, I think the bitch deserved what she got. If she was that naive and oblivious then to hell with you, Rosemary. 

Polanski crafted an incredible film that warrants discussion again and again. The other fascinating element to Rosemary’s Baby is the behind the scenes story. Polanski dealt with the unethical question of whether or not to cast his wife, Sharon Tate, in the lead role. Mia Farrow received divorce papers from her husband, Frank Sinatra, while on set. The apartment building, The Bradford, was actually The Dakota, which would be the last home of John Lennon and thus adding some real horror to the film’s actual shooting location.

For whatever reason, Rosemary’s Baby continues to fascinate us all. Now, I’ll just have to deal with the film on a different level when I became a father and ask the question... “Honey, have you ever seen Rosemary’s Baby?”

Top 5 Picks of the Week:

1. Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection (Limited Edition) [Blu-ray]
2. Rosemary's Baby (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
3. Carnivale: The Complete Seasons 1-2
4. Safety Not Guaranteed [Blu-ray]
5. Max Fleischers Superman: Collector's Edition [Blu-ray]

ACTION / ADVENTURE / KUNG FU/ THRILLERS / WESTERNS

Cowboy And The Bandit Starring Rex Lease

Cybornetics Starring James Rich and Justiin A. Davis

Greed in the Sun [Blu-ray] Starring Jean-Paul Belmondo, Lino Ventura, Gert Frobe

Mystery Trooper Starring Robert Frazer, Blanche Mehaffey and Buzz Barton

Outlaw Brothers Starring Frankie Chan, Ken Boyle and Anthony Carpio

Secret Valley Starring Richard Arlen and Virginia Grey

Taxi for Tobruk Starring Lino Ventura, Hardy Kruger, Charles Aznavour

ANIME

C: Control - The Money and Soul of Possibility: The Complete Series (Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo) Starring Kouki Uchiyama, Daisuke Hosomi, Haruka Tomatsu

Fafner: Heaven and Earth Movie (Limited Edition Blu-Ray/DVD Combo) Starring Makoto Ishii, Kohei Kiyasu, Ryohei Kimura and Joel McDonald

Hellsing Ultimate: Volumes 1-4 Collection [Blu-ray/DVD Combo] Starring Fumiko Orikasa, Jouji Nakata, Nobuo Tobita

One Piece: Season Four, Voyage Two Starring Colleen Clinkenbeard, Luci Christian and Eric Vale

Un-Go: Complete Collection [Blu-ray]

Un-Go: Complete Collection

CARTOONS

Max Fleischers Superman: Collector's Edition [Blu-ray]

Metalocalypse: Season 4

Metalocalypse: Season 4 [Blu-ray]

CLASSICS

Lady Behave Starring Sally Eilers, Neil Hamilton and Joseph Schildkraut

Lorna Doone Starring Madge Bellamy

March of the Wooden Soldiers (3D Blu-Ray) Starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy

Seven Keys To Baldpate Starring George M Cohan and Hedda Hopper

Woman In The Shadows Starring Fay Wray, Ralph Bellamy and Melvyn Douglas

COMEDY AND LOVE Mania Style

A Christmas Story 2 (+ Ultraviolet Digital Copy) Starring Daniel Stern and Braeden Lemasters

A Christmas Story 2 (Blu-ray+DVD+UltraVi... Digital Copy Combo Pack) Starring Daniel Stern and Braeden Lemasters

The Campaign Starring Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, Jason Sudeikis

The Campaign (Blu-ray+DVD+UltraVi... Digital Copy Combo Pack) Starring Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, Jason Sudeikis

Safety Not Guaranteed [Blu-ray] Starring Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass and Jake Johnson

Criterion Collection

Rosemary's Baby (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] Starring Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon

Rosemary's Baby (The Criterion Collection)

HORROR

666: The Ritual Starring Domiziano Arcangeli, Adriana Barrera, Zenova Braeden

Fall Of The House Of Usher Starring Marshall Thompson, Tom Tryon and Edwardso Lienell

House of Dark Shadows [Blu-ray] Starring Jonathan Frid, Grayson Hall, Kathryn Leigh Scott

House of Dark Shadows Starring Jonathan Frid, Grayson Hall, Kathryn Leigh Scott

Night of Dark Shadows [Blu-ray] Starring David Selby, Grayson Hall, John Karlen and Nancy Barrett

Sick Boy Starring Skye McCole Bartusiak, Marc Donato and Debbie Rochon

MODERN CLASSICS on BLU-RAY

Long Day's Journey Into Night [Blu-ray] Starring Katharine Hepburn, Ralph Richardson, Jason Robards

SCIENCE FICTION / FANTASY

Earthling Starring Rebecca Spence, Peter Greene, William Katt and Matt Socia

TV LAND

All In The Family: The Complete Series Starring Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner

Carnivale: The Complete Seasons 1-2 Starring Michael J. Anderson, Clancy Brown, Nick Stahl and Tim Dekay

Chuck: The Complete Series - Collector Set [Blu-ray] Starring Adam Baldwin, Zachary Levi, Joshua Gomez and Scott Krinsky

Chuck: The Complete Series - Collector Set Starring Adam Baldwin, Zachary Levi, Joshua Gomez and Scott Krinsky

Coma (Mini-Series) Starring Lauren Ambrose, Steven Pasquale, Geena Davis

Copper: Season One Starring Kevin Ryan, Kyle Schmid, Ato Essandoh and Tom Weston-Jones

Copper: Season One [Blu-ray] Starring Kevin Ryan, Kyle Schmid, Ato Essandoh and Tom Weston-Jones

My Favorite Martian: Season 3 Starring Ray Walston, Bill Bixby, Pamela Britton and Alan Hewitt

Streets of San Francisco: The Complete Fifth Season Starring Richard Hatch and Karl Malden

BOX SETS

Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection (Limited Edition) [Blu-ray]*** (writers note) If it wouldn't have been for Hurricane Sandy I would have featured the box set this week. Trust me Maniacs, the review is coming.

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hanso 10/30/2012 3:41:26 PM

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