Rosemary, Heaven restores you in life…

Oil painting by Jonathan LeVine

Painting by Jonathan LeVine

So, I am not entirely normal. I am not sure if you guys were aware of this or not but I am completely not normal. I accept this so I hope you do as well. Here is a perfect example of my crazy, since i’ve been 3 years old my favorite film has been Rosemary’s Baby. Seriously. Everything about it in my eyes is perfect and I thought this from a very, very young age.

Being completely in love with this film, I thought Valentine’s Day would be the perfect time to speak about my love for the film and why you should view it if you’ve never seen it. If the child of Satan doesn’t get you in the mood, I am not sure what will.

As an adult I started to break down exactly what I love about Rosemary’s Baby. I mean I truly adore everything about this film. From the opening credits and theme song sang by the adorable Mia Farrow, to the beautiful cinematography, and shocking ending. I quickly realized, it’s my favorite type of horror. Suspenseful and eerie without any gore at all.

I am not sure if this is true for the rest of the world, but in my opinion this movie is one of the most influential films when it comes to style. From Mia’s Vidal Sassoon pixie haircut, those amazing Peter Pan Collars, baby-doll dresses and adorable flats I fall more and more in love with this movie every time I see it. The outfits definitely help develop the character that is Rosemary while sticking to the trend of 1968. Rosemary is supposed have this innocence that is childlike and somewhat angelic that can easily be corrupted. Well done stylist, well done!

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Art by Stefan Obusan

The film contains on the the most perfect house renovations scenes I have ever seen in a movie. When Rosemary and her husband buy an apartment in the fictionalized upper west side Dakota building, I swoon every time I watch. The apartment is bright and cheerful and had a charming mix of uptown traditional and feminine 1960s mod. It would be an absolute DREAM if I could live in the Dakota. I fantasize about that building often and sometimes make it a point to walk past it if I am in the upper west side.

Rosemary’s Baby is a horror film, but I think it is definitely among the tamer films if you’re a bit of an easy scare. It’s more suspenseful than “I’m going to come kill you in the night.” The tension builds and keeps your attention in the best way possible. The plot is one that definitely makes me think. It involves a young couple who are obviously madly in love. It reminds you that love can sometimes become tainted by evil and greed. It always sad when love loses a battle to evil but in the case of this plot and film, at least it was beautifully done.

Currently, Rosemary’s Baby is instantly viewable on Netflix. Snuggle up with someone special and watch it to make it a very not so typical Valentine’s Day. Spawn of Satan is not required.

Happy Birthday Cupid Jesus!
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2 Responses to “Rosemary, Heaven restores you in life…”

  1. Nick says:

    I should rewatch this soon! It’s been way too long.

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