Rosemary's Baby - Film Review

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Rosemary's Baby

Film review
by Mischel Figusch

Director: Roman Polanski

Cast overview:

Mia Farrow
.... Rosemary Woodhouse
John Cassavetes
.... Guy Woodhouse
Ruth Gordon
.... Minnie Castevet
Sidney Blackmer
.... Roman Castevet
Maurice Evans
.... Edward 'Hutch' Hutchins
Ralph Bellamy
.... Dr. Abraham Sapirstein
Victoria Vetri
.... Terry Gionoffrio (as Angela Dorian)
Patsy Kelly
.... Laura-Louise
Elisha Cook Jr.
.... Mr. Nicklas (as Elisha Cook)
Emmaline Henry
.... Elise Dunstan
Charles Grodin
.... Dr. C.C. Hill
Hanna Landy
.... Grace Cardiff
Phil Leeds
.... Dr. Shand (as Philip Leeds)
D'Urville Martin
.... Diego
Hope Summers
.... Mrs. Gilmore


"Rosemary's Baby is an eerie gothic film about a young couple who move into an old large apartment in New York and plan to have children soon. During a dinner invitation their friend "Hutch" he warns them of the building's notorious and bad reputation for witchcraft and cannibalism.

While Rosemary is in the basement's laundry room on her first visit there, she meets Terry Gionoffrio who lives with the Castevets on the 7th floor. She displays her mysterious, smelly and noxious "good luck charm" which is filled with tannis-root given her by Mrs. Castevet. One evening when Guy and Rosemary return from the city they find a bloody unexpected scene in front of their apartment building: Terry has suicidally jumped out of the window. One day Minnie Castevet visits Rosemary in her apartment with a friend of hers and presents her a tannis-root-charm, the one worn by Terry. In an unusual circumstance, Guy soon acquires an acting role - the actor who had been chosen over him for a key role in a play is unexpectedly and suddenly going blind.

One evening when the young couple decided to make a baby, they are being interrupted by Minnie who brings them two mousse au chocolates. Soon after the consumption of it (she didn't eat all of it, but pretended to) she looses her consciousness and Guy brings her to bed. In her dream-like sleep Guy begins to have sexual contact to her but then his appearance changes into a grotesque beast-like figure resembling the devil. The next morning, Rosemary questions mysterious scratches she finds on the side of her body. She is appalled that Guy admits making love to her while she was passed out. He said that he didn't want to miss the night. Rosemary learns that she is being pregnant. She changes her gynaecologist and he, Abe Sapirstein advises her to drink a daily, herbal mixture made by her neighbour Minnie Castevet. Soon she suffers sharp pains in her stomach and is afraid of losing the baby. One day Hutch visits her again and reveals that he's rather sceptical about her good luck charm. After Hutch is introduced briefly to Rosemary's strange neighbour Roman Castevet, Rosemary explains how the Castevets are close to Guy and have become parent figures for him. As Hutch leaves, he can't locate one of his gloves that he put in their closet when he arrived. Later, he calls and sets up a rendezvous with Rosemary at the Time-Life Building in downtown Manhattan. At the appointed time the next morning (about two weeks before Christmas), it is unusual that Hutch doesn't appear. A phone call to his apartment reveals that Hutch is ill and in a deep coma at St. Vincent's Hospital. After his dead on his funeral Rosemary gets a book of Grace a friend of Hutch. The last thing he wanted her to know about is, that the name would be an anagram. Later she learns what he meant: STEVEN MARCATO, the son of Adrian Marcato, a witch can be transformed into ROMAN CASTEVET. Appalled, she has to learn that they are all members of a satanic coven, an also her husband is in it. She thinks he sold their baby to them in order to be successful in his job. Later in the film she gets the baby after being intoxicated but is being told that it would be dead. She doesn't believe it because it's not true. The film ends...
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