Rosemary's Baby (1968)
Frequently Asked Questions
A young couple, struggling actor Guy Woodhouse (John Cassavetes) and his wife Rosemary (Mia Farrow) move into the Bramford, a New York apartment building with a bad reputation for previously housing gruesome characters such as the Trench sisters, Adrian Marcato, Keith Kennedy, and Pearl Ames. When Rosemary becomes pregnant, she begins to suspect that an elderly couple, Roman (Sidney Blackmer) and Minnie (Ruth Gordon) Castevet, are witches who want her child.
Rosemary's Baby is a 1967 novel by American novelist Ira Levin [1929-2007]. The novel was adapted for the movie by director Roman Polanski. Levin also wrote a sequel novel, Son Of Rosemary (1997).
The Bramford is fictional.The exterior shown in the film is The Dakota, a historic Central Park West building later famous as the residence of John Lennon and the site of his murder. The Dakota's managers would not allow filming inside the building, so interior scenes were shot at Paramount Studios. In the book, Levin locates the Bramford at 55th Street and 7th Avenue, which is where the historic Wyoming Apartments stand. This building, built in 1906, closely resembles the "old, black, and elephantine" structure described by Levin.
They are former tenants of the Bramford who contributed to the building's sinister reputation early in the 20th century. According to Rosemary's friend Hutch (Maurice Evans), the Trench Sisters were cannibals who "cooked and ate several young children" while Marcato practiced witchcraft and claimed to have conjured the devil. Hutch doesn't mention what Keith Kennedy and Pearl Ames did to earn their notorious reputations, but Guy recognizes their names. All of these characters are fictional and were created by Ira Levin.
In the book, Guy and Rosemary are "flush." Guy is still netting royalties from a series of Anacin commercials he had done in 1964, which earned him $18,000. He also has a recurring role on "Another World." He has a speaking role in a Yamaha commercial. Guy either makes enough money doing commercials for Yamaha or, as the landlord admits, he's unable to raise the rent beyond the 15% yearly increase. In the 1960s, New York was under rent control. A landlord could not raise the rent to market value each time a new tenant came in. The rent was increased 15% from the rent of the last tenant. If the elderly Mrs. Gardenia had lived in 7-E for a long time, the rent would not have been as high as it would have been with a succession of different tenants. Therefore, the rent might be fairly low. In any event, it's only 15% higher than what Mrs. Gardenia had paid.
Unknown, but there are five ideas on how an 89-year old woman was able to move a heavy secretary from its spot along the wall to a spot that obstructed the closet that served as a passage between her apartment and that of the Castevets. (1) She moved it herself, and that's what caused her stroke. (2) She had her son move it for her. (3) She cast a spell that caused it to move on its own. (4) The coven moved it themselves in order to prevent Mrs. Gardenia, who was apparently against using Terry Gionofrio (Victoria Vetri) to bear the antichrist, from communicating with Terry. (5) Mrs. Gardenia hired someone to move it for her, which is a common enough practice in a city like New York.
Roman apparently told Terry about the plan to impregnate her with Satan's spawn, which is why she was given the tannis-filled necklace. Some viewers conclude that, after she learned about her fate, Terry committed suicide by jumping from the seventh floor of the Bram. Other viewers conclude that Terry was compelled to jump by the witches, citing Rosemary's "dream" the night before, in which Minnie's voice was heard through the wall, telling Roman, "If you'd listened to me, we wouldn't have had to do this!...I told you not to tell her in advance..I told you she wouldn't be open-minded!"
It isn't known what Roman said to Guy during their first meeting. The director doesn't show the scene, only cigarette smoke coming from the next room as they talk. It can be assumed that Guy was an easy mark. There are hints throughout that he disdains religion and is insecure about his acting career. Someone like him would be very open to promises of great success and would close his mind against all the consequences--to himself and others. Also, Guy probably didn't join the coven the first night, and Roman probably didn't tell him everything right away: just enough to tantalize him and get him to come back the next day.
We never find out, neither in the book nor the movie, why Dr Hill (Charles Grodin) needed a second blood test. He says the nurse didn't take enough blood for him to run all the tests he wanted. It could be only that. Many viewers suppose that he found something unusual in the first blood test that he couldn't explain. One possibility is that Rosemary was already showing symptoms of the severe anemia that was to follow, which would explain Dr Hill's request that he needed more blood...to explore the cause of the anemia, since anemia can result from several different medical conditions, e.g., low iron or low B-vitamins.
"Snips and snails and puppy dog's tails", says Minnie. Later, she says it's made of raw egg, gelatin, herbs, and tannin root. If she's lying or if there's more in it than she's saying is unknown in the book or in the movie. The tannin root is probably bad enough. It turns out to be a fungus called Devil's Pepper.
Maybe. And maybe that is its main purpose--to keep Rosemary in bed and out of contact with the outside world. If so, that explains why her pain eventually goes away after she stops drinking it. Of course, she resumes drinking it later, but perhaps Minnie isn't putting in whatever it was that was torturing her the first time. She and the coven know that if Rosemary has the pain again she'll see another doctor--and spoil their plans. Then again, it might be that the drink is healthy for the baby, but the baby is not healthy for mommy and actually is the direct cause of the pain.
Rosemary gives birth but is informed that the baby died. Unconvinced, she enters the Castevet's apartment through the closet to find numerous people sitting around, celebrating the birth of a child being held in a black bassinet. Holding a knife, she takes a look at her child and is horrified because his eyes are not normal. Roman informs her that the child has his father's eyes and his father is Satan. Unsure of what to do, Rosemary settles back into a chair and takes a cup to tea from Minnie. Guy explains that they can always have another child, but Rosemary spits at him. In the final scene, when Laura-Louise (Patsy Kelly) begins to rock the bassinet too aggressively, causing the baby to cry, Rosemary takes over, suggesting that she has accepted her role as mother to the antichrist.
He isn't a quack. He's an eminent obstetrician—and everyone from Dr. Hill to Hutch (Maurice Evans)'s two daughters trusts and respects him. Of course, he's giving advice to Rosemary that is far different from what he gives to his other patients. It's true that Sapirstein tells her not to listen to her friends and not to read books. But from an eminent doctor, that could be interpreted as: I know what I'm talking about and they don't. It's probably true. He may give that advice to all his patients. Besides, he tells her to call him day or night. What doctor would offer that? Saperstein is giving her his special attention. At this point, most of the audience is fooled along with her. Rosemary isn't dumb, but she's not street smart either. She's a young, sheltered Catholic girl from Omaha, Nebraska. Meanwhile, she hears nothing but good things about Dr. Sapirstein. When she disobeys him and reads a book, it tells her of "ectopic pregnancies" and scares her. Throw the book away, says Sapirstein. It still sounds like good advice. Who needs to be unduly frightened while carrying a child? The doubt starts when she loses weight and has severe pain that lasts for months. Once her girlfriends tell her what she has secretly suspected for a long time—that Sapirstein is a "sadistic nut"—she decides to get a second opinion. However, the pain suddenly stops—perhaps due to Rosemary discontinuing the green drink or perhaps due to supernatural intervention, i.e., the devil knew he'd better stop the pain or someone besides Sapirstein would find out what that baby really was.
Yes. While waiting in Dr. Sapirstein's office, Rosemary flips through an issue of Time Magazine with the cover, "Is God dead?" This is a real cover, dated April 8, 1966.
No. Nor did Polanski have any intention of showing it. He never shot any scenes that would have given a view of the baby. Some viewers mistake the flashback to Satan's eyes, after Rosemary views the baby in the cradle, as being the eyes of the baby, but they are not. Not showing the "monster" in a horror film is an old technique that creates a different type of suspense. That moment in the film where Rosemary 1st sees her child is supposed to be about her reaction, which is especially horrible for her considering all the suffering she's been through during the pregnancy.
No. In September of 1967, Polanski shot several location scenes, including the Dakota scenes and many of the climactic scenes set in summer—i.e. Rosemary crossing Fifth Avenue, Rosemary in the phone booth, etc. Later, the cast and crew went to Los Angeles to shoot on set. In November of 1967, after the first snowfall, a second unit flew back East to shoot the Christmas scenes in front of Tiffany's window and the Time-Life building. Production wrapped soon thereafter.
[This timeline follows dates as placed in the novel as accurately as possible, which were then replicated on the film, although the book is still the main source—and, as I. Levin intended, some of the dates follow suit on events in real life, i.e. The Pope's visit]
Tuesday, August 3rd, 1965 - Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse are summoned to the Bramford by Mrs. Cortez, to view the recently-vacated 7-E on a tour given by veteran superintendent Mr. Nicklas, who explains about the former tenant, the late Mrs. Lily Gardenia. They decide to take it.
Friday, August 6th, 1965 - Rosemary and Guy have dinner with Rosemary's good friend Edward "Hutch" Hutchins, who tries (in vain) to dissuade them of taking up a lease on the Bram. He fills them in on some of the unsavory, scary stories about the former tenants, all to no avail.
Monday, August 9th, 1965 - Rosemary and Guy sign a two-year lease on 7-E at the Bram. They pay 583 USD (Two months' rent) and are told that they can take occupancy as of September 1st.
Friday, August 13th, 1965 - Rosemary and Guy come into the apartment for the first time once it's been cleared out by Mrs. Gardenia's son. They picnic on the bare living room on Tuna Salad sandwiches and beer, and make love.
Wednesday, August 18th, and Friday, August 20th; 1965 - The painters come in, following Rosemary's color schemes, and so does the furniture they have been buying.
Friday, August 27th, 1965 - Rosemary and Guy officially move into 7-E.
Late August 1965 - Rosemary and Guy hear Minnie Castevet before meeting her ("Ro-maaan! Bring mi som rut bir wen ya kom ta bed!")
Saturday, September 11th, 1965 - Rosemary meets Theresa "Terry" Gionoffrio on the basement laundry room. They strike a conversation, and plan on eventually doing their laundry regular.
Friday, September 17th, 1965 - Upon returning from a party, Rosemary and Guy literally stumble upon Terry Gionoffrio's bloodied corpse. They meet Minnie and Roman Castevet. Later, Rosemary has a dream of Sister Agnes and her time at Sacred Heart in Omaha.
Monday, September 20th, 1965 - Minnie drops in on Rosemary and blatantly shanghais her and Guy to come over for a steak dinner. Guy returns home in a foul mood, as Donald Baumgart has gotten a coveted part in a play. He reluctantly agrees to go over to the Castevets on 7-A. Roman Castevet is charming and full of flattery, Minnie is a terrible cook; the silver is beautiful, beautiful, and the pie is weird. Guy eats two pieces out of politeness. He makes a point of coming back the next day for some more "Modjeska storees". Rosemary is nonplussed. Also, much to her chagrin, gets her period.
Tuesday, September 21st, 1965 - As Guy goes to visit Roman Castevet after dinner, Minnie drops in with her friend, Laura-Louise McBurney in tow, to "sit a spell" with Rosemary, who is up and around in her first day of period. She aso gets, as a present, Terry's antique charm pendant. When Guy comes back, he spends a sleepless night, brooding. Rosemary tries her best to be soothing.
Thursday, September 23rd, 1965 - Guy gives Rosemary tickets to a saturday evening performance of The Fantasticks. He also has drinks with Donald Baumgart, unbeknowst to his wife.
Saturday, September 25th, 1965 - Since Guy's already seen the play and has to prepare for a scene, Rosemary goes to the theatre with her friend Elise Dunstan. They also have dinner. After the show, they get to meet Van Johnson and Joan Crawford on the lobby of the theatre [note: this is a scene that Polanski actually shot, but was excised due to time constraints]. When she comes home, she finds the house reeking of Tannis root and blames it on her amulet, which she wraps on tin foil and hides away. Then the Woodhouses make love, and Rosemary is surprised Guy's so flush.
Monday, September 27th, 1965 - Guy gets word that Donald Baumgart woke up Sunday completely blind. He gets the part on the play. "It's a helluva way to get it". He goes into a funk. Rosemary is hurt, but supportive.
Friday, October 1st, 1965 - After a week of being aloof and non-commital, Guy does a 180º and offers Rosemary what she has most desired: a baby. He even has figured the best dates for them to try (October 4th and 5th). Rosemary is elated.
Monday, October 4th, 1965 - Pope Paul VI visits NYC. Rosemary follows this on television. She plans a special dinner for Guy, since it's their "baby night". Guy comes home without dessert, but this is solved when Minnie Castevet drops in (as usual) with some "Choclet Mouse"—with too much crème de cacau in it-. Rosemary feigns eating it and gets woozy with the booze. Before she passes out, she feels Guy undressing her. She has a wild dream, featuring, amid a large cast: Hutch, Diego the elevator boy, Jackie Kennedy, JFK (recovered from the assassination), her family in Omaha, the Pope, Terry, the Castevets and a strange, inhuman thing that (not unpleasurably) copulates with her. Effectively that night, Rosemary Woodhouse falls pregnant.
Tuesday, October 5th, 1965 - Rosemary wakes up with a spectacular hangover. She finds scratch marks on her buttocks and backside. Guy apologizes and shows he already has filed down his nails. It was "fun, in a necrophiliac sorta way". Rosemary is put off and spends all day in a daze. She wonders if she's been already impregnated.
Tuesday, October 5th, to Thursday, October 21st; 1965 - Rosemary feels anxious, and that there is a distance growing between her and Guy, something he refuses to address. She goes to Hutch for advise and requests he lend her his country cabin in Connecticut. She spends five days there, pining away and comes back to a much more caring and tender Guy. She realizes her period is late.
Thursday, October 28th, 1965 - Following Elise Dunstan's advise, Rosemary goes to Doctor. C.C. Hill, to have a pregnancy test. He takes a blood sample.
Friday, October 29th, 1965 - At 3:30 pm, Dr. Hill calls to confirm that Rosemary is pregnant. He discloses a due date of June 28th and also requests another blood sample. Guy is pleased and goes to tell Minnie and Roman Castevet, who make big hoopla and insist on having Rosemary see their friend, renowned Ob Gyn Dr. Abraham Sapirstein ("He was on Open End") and no Dr. Hill nobody ever heard of. Rosemary is flustered and overwhelmed, but agrees. Guy will see how to part with the other doctor with no hassle. Rosemary seeks her Tannis charm again, unexplicably, and starts wearing it full-time.
Saturday, October 30th, 1965 - Rosemary visits Dr. Sapirstein for the first time. He discourages her reading any books, and/or talking to her friends or her Aunt Fanny, on the grounds that all pregnancies are different. He prescribes an herbal drink from Minnie, and weekly appointments. Rosemary starts thinking of names for the baby: Andrew or Douglas if it's a boy, Susan or Melinda if it's a girl.
Sunday, October 31st, 1965 - Halloween. Minnie drops in at 11am to bring her drink (in a green-striped glass) and will remain to do so, like clockwork, throughout most of the pregnancy ("What's in it?" "Sneeps, an' snaails an' poppee dawgs teilss!"). Rosemary bakes three trays of homemade chocolate-chip cookies (made from scratch) for the trick-or-treating children at the Bram. Then, she spends the evening either answering the doorbell—there are plenty of kids on a building this size and the neighboring buildings on the block, i.e. The Wyoming- or running lines with Guy, who will start rehearsals for his play shortly. Throughout the day, Rosemary feels a dull abdominal pain that flashes momentarily and then disappears. She decides not to say anything, as it doesn't bother her really.
Wednesday, November 10th, 1965 - Rosemary goes to Vidal Sassoon's salon and gets a very chic, very in and very very haircut. Guy is hipercritical of it. Her pain also has—although not concurrently—become sharp and constant. Sapirstein attributes it to stiff joints and prescribes aspirin, pooh-poohing the bizarre notion Rosemary got from a book she bought at the drugstore, about the possibility of an ectopic pregnancy. he throws the book away, but still the pain lingers.
Thursday, November 25th, 1965 - The pain lingers on, and lingers on. Rosemary, wan and listless, accompanies Guy for Thanksgiving dinner over to the Castevets. The turkey is overdone, and the pie is weird. But the silver's still beautiful, beautiful. She meets other members of the Castevet circle: The Fountains, The Wees, The Gilmours and Mrs. Sabatini and her cat Flash. All of them (with the exception of Flash) seem positively thrilled that Rosemary is pregnant.
Wednesday, December 8th, 1965 - Hutch calls from City Center, where he is getting tickets for Marcel Marceau, and is invited over by Rosemary for coffee. He remarks on her looking terrible and is flabbergasted to know she is pregnant. They have a long conversation. Roman Castevet drops in, and makes an impression on Hutch. Later on, Guy comes in rushedly and Hutch departs, missing a glove. Later that evening he phones Rosemary to make an appointment with her next morning.
Thursday, December 9th, 1965 - After waiting for over half an hour for Hutch outside the Time-Life building, Rosemary calls him and gets his lady friend, Grace Cardiff, whom reveals that Hutch has been taken ill on emergency and is in a deep coma at St. Vincent's Hospital. Rosemary wanders, all weepy, thru Fifth Avenue, and in front of Tiffany's, runs into Minnie ("Naaaaooowww! Dees ees wot ai kol da longgg arm of coeeenceedens!") who takes her back to the Bram. The pain, even after being ordered to begone, lingers.
Holiday Season 1965: Rosemary spends her time indoors, eating almost raw meat and nursing her pain, which according to Sapirstein will be gone in a day or two.
Friday, December 31st, 1965; and Saturday, January 1st, 1966 - Rosemary and Guy attend Roman and Minnie's New Years' Eve bash. Rosie is introduced to Dr. Shand, a former famous dentist who made the silver chain for her Tannis pendant. Sapirstein assuages Rosemary telling her the pain will be gone in a day or two. Roman Castevet makes a toast for 1966 "The Year One!"
Friday, January 14th, 1966 - After catching herself eating a raw chicken liver and vomiting spectacularly afterwards, Rosemary decides this is the last straw, and starts planning a party for her "young" friends, whom she had not seen in a long while. Guy seems to balk at the idea, but she aims to succeed anyway, and decides on January 22nd, a week from the following saturday. Guy concedes, if somewhat lukewarmly.
Friday, January 21st, 1966 - Minnie is overtly solicitous when she finds out Rosemary is up for entertaining, but is sent packing in the most gracious way possible; then, for the first time ever since it was prescribed to her, Rosemary throws away the drink Minnie brings her every morning, and substitutes with one of her own, which includes such nutritious and wholesome ingredients such as Milk, Cream, Sugar, an egg and a drop of sherry. She blends it and finds it delicious. Baby names considered around this time are David and/or Amanda.
Saturday, January 22nd, 1966 - Rosemary's party is a raving success: all of her friends show up, and all of them comment on her strung-out look ("You look like Miss Concentration Camp of 1966!", "You look like a piece of chalk"). Nonetheless, she informs them she has a bun in the oven, and then has a mini-meltdown in the kitchen, amid her friends Elise Dunstan, Joan Jellico and Tiger Haenigsen. They suggest she seek anothet opinion, since the pain seems abnormal. Rosemary recovers from her mini-meltdown and plays hostess to the hilt; afterwards, when she tells Guy she will go and seek Dr. Hill again, on the grounds of Dr. Sapirstein either being lying or out of his mind, Guy goes ballistic and accuses her of treason. During their spat, the pain abruptly ceases. Rosemary fears she might have miscarried because she drank sherry on her "sneaky" drink. Turns out the baby is fine, and starts moving. Guy seems terrified, but it must be the responsability dawning on him. Rosemary is overjoyed and from that point on, starts gaining weight, and the pregnancy evolves as in a fairy tale.
February/June 1966 - Chastised, Rosemary drinks the Minnie concoction eagerly, and its new companion: a marzipan-like cake. She blossoms: goes to social gatherings and looks terribly happy. Guy is very much in demand - his play opens to mixed reviews, but his part is noticed, and he is also sought by studios. Rosemary prepares for the impending birth. Definite names: Andrew John and Jennifer Susan. Breast-fed, not bottle-fed.
Friday, June 3rd, 1966 - Hutch dies in St. Vincent's Hospital. Rosemary feels sad, not only for his passing, but also for virtually having forgotten him throughout the whole period. Guy's reaction is astounding to her, for he seems to feel remorseful and saddened too.
Monday, June 6th, 1966 - Rosemary attends Hutch's memorial service. There she meets the elegant Grace Cardiff (who has a remarkably fine complexion) and she gives her a book Hutch insisted on her to have (he woke up from the coma the day he died and thought it was the day of their appointment). Rosemary is to be told that "the name is an anagram". She arrives at the Bram, drinks her drink, and starts playing with Scrabble tiles, to find out this anagram, as she peruses All of Them Witches, the book Hutch becqueathed her. Neither the title nor the author's name make any sense as anagrams, until she finds a reference to Adrian Marcato, a former tenat of the building, who was a famed Satanist and who died by a mob. She reads the chapter about him and uses the tiles to make an anagram of Steven Marcato, Adrian's son, whose name was underlined. This way, she finds out that Steven Marcato is Roman Castevet. She flips out, regarding them as witches who may want to use her baby for some sort of evil rite and tells Guy the moment he comes in. Guy tries to soothe her, but Rosemary remains adamant. She decides to tell Dr. Sapirstein on her next appointment and regards her neighbours with suspicion and mistrust.
Wednesday, June 8th, 1966 - Dr. Sapirstein is comforting; Roman is dying and prepares to go on a final trip of his various favorite cities; they had not told Rosemary for fear of hurting her feelings. He agrees on prescribing vitamin pills for Rosemary, and tells her that no one will harm her or the baby, as Roman and Minnie, even if they might be Satanists, are only a harmless old couple too. Rosemary agrees and even feels a bit guilty about her over-reacting.
Thursday, June 9th, 1966 - Roman and Minnie visit Rosemary and Guy to break the news of their European tour. In an aside, Minnie tells her she is aware that she has found out about Roman's real identity. She apologizes, and claims that this has haunted Roman throughout his life. She says that if she could, she'd kill her accursed father-in-law all over again for causing his son to become a pariah among some circles. Rosemary is guilt-ridden.
Sunday, June 12th, 1966 - The Castevets leave for their trip which includes Majorca, Paris, Zurich, Pescara, Venice and Roman's favorite: Dubrovnik. The farewell is a warm, bittersweet one, and they depart on a taxicab and Rosemary and Guy wave them goodbye from the curb. That afternoon, she looks for All of Them Witches, and Guy reveals he threw it away. Rosemary is upset, but Guy argues that he wasn't thinking of Hutch leaving the book to her, but rather of her well-being. Rosemary fumes.
Monday, June 13th, and Thursday, June 23rd; 1966 - Rosemary reads Summerhill, and decides to raise her child with the same techniques of permissive child-rearing. She eats out with Elise and Joan, makes final choice on the tasteful birth announcement designs.
Friday, June 24th, 1966 - Rosemary goes to Tiffany's stationery counter for some envelopes, when she runs into Dominick, Guy's vocal coach who purportedly gave him the tickets for The Fantasticks back in late September. He denies ever giving those tickets to Guy. Rosemary is puzzled and starts adding up her tiny bits of suspicion. Dazed, she leaves Tiffany's and crosses Fifth Avenue in the midst of traffic, dropping the charm pendant on the gutter. She arrives home and calls Donald Baumgart. He reveals he and Guy swapped ties. She knows now that a coven can cast a spell with somebody's belongings. She decides to run away. She seeks succor from Dr. Sapirstein, but finds out (entirely by accident) that he may be connected to the coven, thus, she skips his practice and rings Dr. Hill, who at first seems understanding, but turns her over to Guy and Sapirstein, thinking she is having a nervous breakdown due to the imminent delivery. Rosemary hijacks the elevator at the Bramford, and tries to hide in her apartment, placing calls to her brother Brian in Omaha, and to Elise Dunstan. She is ambushed by Guy and the coven (minus the Castevets), and tries to escape, but is subdued and in a fit of panic, goes into labor.
Saturday, June 25th, 1966 - Rosemary Woodhouse gives birth to her son, Andrew John Woodhouse, on her apartment in the Bramford, a few minutes past midnight. She is heavily sedated and loses consciousness for two days.
Monday, June 27th, 1966 - Rosemary regains her consciousness briefly, just to be told the baby was a boy. She drifts off.
Tuesday, June 28th, 1966 - Rosemary regains consciousness, almost giving Laura-Louise a coronary upon doing so. She demands to see her baby. Laura-Louise runs to fetch Guy and Sapirstein. They tell her there were complications and that the baby boy died. She can get pregnant soon, and have many other healthy children. Rosemary freaks out spectacularly: "You're lyin'! It didn't die! You took it! You WITCHES!", then she's heavily sedated again.
Late June/Early July, 1966 - Rosemary spends her days in a drugged daze. Her milk is pumped out, and the elderly matrons come and visit. Everybody is informed about the stillbirth and that this caused Rosemary to have a meltdown. Her friends believe this. She hears a baby crying, and is promptly told some new neighbours moved in with a newborn. She starts hiding her tranquilizers and bids her time, as she knows her child is alive and may be in imminent danger.
Saturday, July 9th, 1966 - Rosemary, using her stash of tranquilizers to knock out Leah Fountain, who was sitting with her, ventures through the closet partition into the Castevet's apartment, armed with a meat cleaver. She relives the ritual as she foggily recalls being there before and arrives upon their sabbath meeting. The coven is there, including Argyron Stavropoulos, the young japanese Hayato, and the Castevets themselves, who were, purportedly, in Yugoslavia at that point ("Shut up! You're in Dubrovnik, I don't hear you"). Rosemary spurns Guy, realizing he whored her out for fame, and then, she meets her son, whom they intend to name Adrian. She sets the foot down upon the matter of the name and his always wearing black. She also starts rocking him, as Castevet persuades her that, no matter who the father is, she is his mother. She hums a llullaby for her baby, rocking him in his bassinet as everybody hails Satan, Andrew and Rosemary. Hayato takes pictures of the blessed event.
[End of the Timeline]
No. The role was played by an uncredited actor named Clay Tanner. LaVey did not participate in this film at all.
No, it was already short. Mia Farrow had cut it that short herself on the set of her prime-time soap opera Peyton Place (1964) in 1966, shortly before marrying Frank Sinatra. During the first half of the film she wears a blonde fall with a flip created by Sydney Guilaroff, the famed hairdresser for Paramount. Vidal Sassoon set her real hair, amid much publicity, for the second half.
Appear is the wrong word. Tony Curtis plays Donald Baumgart, the actor who goes blind, a character we only hear over the telephone when Rosemary calls to express her sympathy.
That's for the viewer to decide. Rosemary's Baby is among a small group of films, such as A Matter of Life and Death (1946) (1946), Night of the Eagle (1962) (1962), the Val Lewton horror films, etc., that give us the supernatural thrills without being required either to believe or reject them. Typically in movies, the supernatural is undeniable, in everything from the Dracula films to Bell Book and Candle (1958) (1958) to The Exorcist (1973) (1973), the fantasy elements (especially in films of the 30s and 40s) are implausibly explained away, e.g. Mark of the Vampire (1935) (1935) or they turn out to have been the stuff of a dream, as in The Wizard of Oz (1939) (1939), Cabin in the Sky (1943) (1943). Rosemary's Baby leans toward the supernatural, but there's nothing in it that would make a believer of a skeptic. The witches evidently place curses on Donald Baumgart, who goes blind, and on Hutch, who lapses into a coma and later dies. Both could be coincidences. Rosemary's pain and weird behavior (such as eating raw liver) could be solely the result of the herbs and fungi she is eating and not of carrying a demon child in her womb. We get glimpses of the devil, who could be real or a figment of Rosemary's dream. And so on.
Yes. See the soundtrack listing for this title.
"The climax of Rosemary's Baby isn't frightening because of its Satanic payoff, but because of the way Roman Polanski's artful presentation of details finally reaches a head. The films horrific tone comes in its minutiae, nestled in an atmosphere of slowly increasing paranoia. Every moment the viewer spends doubting Rosemary's sanity they equally share her growing sense of panic, endlessly teetering between designating her a loon and wanting to protect her. There are no big jump scares or hauntingly chilling moments. There's no violence or supernatural freakouts with beasts lingering in the corner. Rosemary's Baby is much more subtle with characters, and the films believably frightening series of events that transforms regular humans into vessels for evil." Read more here.