Rosemary's Baby (18)

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Comedy drama

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Time Out says

A supremely intelligent and convincing adaptation of Ira Levin's Satanist thriller. About a woman who believes herself impregnated by the Devil (in the guise of her husband), its main strength comes from Polanski's refusal to simplify matters: 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. Sexual politics, urban alienation, and a deeply pessimistic view of human interaction permeate the film, directed with a slow, careful build-up of pace and a precise sense of visual composition. Although it manages to be frightening, there is little gore or explicit violence; instead, what disturbs is the blurring of reality and nightmare, and the way Farrow is slowly transformed from a healthy, happily-married wife to a haunted, desperately confused shadow of her former self. Great performances, too, and a marvellously melancholy score by Krzysztof Komeda.
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Rated:

18

Duration:

136 mins

Cinemas showing Rosemary's Baby

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  • Address:

    Hackney Picturehouse 270 Mare St
    E8 1HE

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  • Thu Oct 9:

    • 13:00

Greenwich Picturehouse

180 Greenwich High Rd, London, SE10 8NN Show map/details

  • Address:

    Greenwich Picturehouse 180 Greenwich High Rd
    London
    SE10 8NN

  • Venue phone:

    08717 042 065

  • Venue website:

    www.picturehouses.co.uk

  • Opening hours:

    7.45pm

  • Transport:

    Rail: Greenwich rail/DLR

  • Price:

    £7, concs £5

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  • Mon Oct 13:

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Technoguy

Polanski's best early film showing already what a formidable talent he had.It prefigured the dark side of the 60s dream a la Manson.It's like a supremely sophisticated horror movie of such modernity it still stands up today.There are so many marvellous touches: the janitor showi ng the couple round saying there was a death here,the lift not quite aligning with the outer floor,the moment Rosemary's sceptical husband gets sucked in to the elderly couple's scheme when all you see is smoke drifting across an open door in the lounge and Cassevetes out of sight with the elderly satanist.The way the corridors seem spooky and haunted a la Repulsion with the accompaniment of eerie music.The use of the door hidden in an airing cupboard.The way Rosemary's trust collapses as her friend Hutch mysteriously goes into a coma(and later dies) after bequeathing a book on witchcraft.Also her misplaced trust in Dr Hill who she runs to only for her to be handed over to the evil doctor's clutches.The master- stroke is making the elderly kindly Jewish couple who are their oversolicitous neighbours,the centre of the coven.Farrow's performance is the epitome of vulnerability and registers every little anxiety.Cassevetes is the out of work but ambitious actor who sell his soul to get a part.You get superb camera angles in the city streets increasing the sense of alienation.By the time Rosemary gets through her horror of her devilish child(only the slightest of glimpses) she has been fully groomed.

Technoguy

Polanski's best early film showing already what a formidable talent he had.It prefigured the dark side of the 60s dream a la Manson.It's like a supremely sophisticated horror movie of such modernity it still stands up today.There are so many marvellous touches: the janitor showi ng the couple round saying there was a death here,the lift not quite aligning with the outer floor,the moment Rosemary's sceptical husband gets sucked in to the elderly couple's scheme when all you see is smoke drifting across an open door in the lounge and Cassevetes out of sight with the elderly satanist.The way the corridors seem spooky and haunted a la Repulsion with the accompaniment of eerie music.The use of the door hidden in an airing cupboard.The way Rosemary's trust collapses as her friend Hutch mysteriously goes into a coma(and later dies) after bequeathing a book on witchcraft.Also her misplaced trust in Dr Hill who she runs to only for her to be handed over to the evil doctor's clutches.The master- stroke is making the elderly kindly Jewish couple who are their oversolicitous neighbours,the centre of the coven.Farrow's performance is the epitome of vulnerability and registers every little anxiety.Cassevetes is the out of work but ambitious actor who sell his soul to get a part.You get superb camera angles in the city streets increasing the sense of alienation.By the time Rosemary gets through her horror of her devilish child(only the slightest of glimpses) she has been fully groomed.