Rosemary’s Baby

After I returned home from work, I sat down to watch “Rosemary’s Baby” on Blu-ray.  It did look very good in high definition.  This movie was very well made and very disturbing.  Whoever decided that Roman Polanski should have been the director was a genius of a sort.  Mia Farrow’s accent was distracting during the first part of the movie.  Rosemary wasn’t the smartest woman, as she used poor judgment in talking about witchcraft to Dr. Hill, the Charles Grodin character.  It seemed that her relationship with her husband Guy was a situation she should have exited, if she thought he raped over while she was unconscious.  Also, he threw away her book.  When you see this movie several times, you think about when Guy made his deal, and what happened with Terry’s death.  Guy makes jokes about the old couple after he and Rosemary have that first dinner together with them, but then he is eager to go back and listen to stories, as he says.  It would be hard to picture Tuesday Weld doing a better job in the role of Rosemary.  Mia Farrow’s fragile appearance added a lot to the frightening quality of this movie.  Some people thought this was a terrible movie, and I think it was because of the way pregnancy was shown.  There was a sadistic quality to the scenes with Rosemary in pain.  Supposedly, Polanski’s first cut ran four hours long.  I would have liked just one look at it.  I read that there was a scene with Joan Crawford and Van Johnson that was not used.  One of the funny bits is Rosemary continuing to mention to people that Guy appeared in “Luther” and “Nobody Loves an Albatross.”  I also thought that Guy’s negative comments about Rosemary’s Vidal Sassoon haircut were funny, too.  I couldn’t explain why Rosemary didn’t inform her parents about the problems she was having with her pregnancy.  The lullaby that we hear is “Sleep Safe and Warm” by Krzysztof Komeda with Mia Farrow’s voice.  It’s a catchy tune and haunting.  Ruth Gordon was quite remarkable in her role as nosy neighbor.  The last scene is still quite chilling.  I’m glad it didn’t go on and on, as I suspected it did in the four-hour cut.  This might be the greatest horror movie I’ve ever seen.  It’s still frightening to watch all these years later.  I guess everybody after seeing this wanted to know what happened to the baby.  I wanted to know what happened to the marriage between Rosemary and Guy.  Some of the people who died on May 16 include Django Reinhardt (1953), Eliot Ness (1957), Andy Kaufman (1984), Irwin Shaw (1984), Margaret Hamilton (1985), Sammy Davis, Jr. (1990), and Jim Henson (1990).  Today is a birthday for Olga Korbut (62), Pierce Brosnan (64), and Danny Trejo (73).  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for May 16, “Annie Get Your Gun” with Ethel Merman had its Broadway premiere in 1946.  In 1960, Elvis Presley’s “Stuck on You” was the Number One single.  In 1966, Bob Dylan’s “Blonde on Blonde” album was released.  In 1970, the Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young album “Déjà vu” reached Number One on the album chart.  In 1985, Margaret Hamilton, known as the Wicked West of the West in “The Wizard of Oz,” died in her sleep at age 82 following a heart attack in Salisbury, Connecticut.  In 1986, the ninth season finale of “Dallas” aired on CBS, revealing that Bobby Ewing was still alive and that the entire season was his wife’s dream.  Also in 1986, “Top Gun” was released.  In 1990, Sammy Davis, Jr. died of throat cancer in Beverly Hills at age 64.  Also in 1990, Jim Henson died at age 53.

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