Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse are a young couple with ordinary dreams and aspirations, same as any other couple their age. They move into a semi-dilapidated apartment building with a quirky assortment of odd ball neighbors who appear to be out of touch with the rest of the world (Ruth Gordon, who won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, is a hoot). We gradually come to realize these neighbors share a lot more than their loud and unsophisticated ways.
Guy is a struggling actor who believes he is on the verge of getting that one role that will springboard his career to the next level. And before you can say, "The devil made me do it," Guy gets his big break and Rosemary gets pregnant. They are on top of the world for a while until things start to go terribly, incrementally, wrong.
Director Roman Polanski's slow-burn thriller, Rosemary's Baby, creates its sense of foreboding from the very beginning, with Christopher Komeda's uneasy theme and the awkwardly high angle of its establishing shot. Whether we realize it or not, we are already under its spell. Polanski's brilliant choice of camera placement and angles, as well as the behavior of the characters--their abbreviated glances; abrupt, often clumsy changes of subject--all add up, piece by ominous piece, to a queasy mix of devil-worship, Catholic guilt, sexuality, and motherhood.
Long Beach Cinematheque has partnered with the University Art Museum at Cal State, Long Beach to host a free outdoor screening of this sinister classic. This Thursday, October 3, at 8PM. It will take place on the Los Alamitos Residence Lawn, located at the CSU Long Beach campus. CLICK HERE for more information.
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