If you can’t trust your neighbors, your doctor, or even your husband, well, whom can you? That’s the chilling predicament the young, pregnant Rosemary Woodhouse (played by Mia Farrow and co-starring her iconic pixie haircut) finds herself in in Roman Polanski’s 1968 psychological thriller Rosemary’s Baby. In honor of the film’s 40th anniversary, Film Forum appropriately opens the movie’s week-long run on Halloween. Not recommended for anyone with an overactive imagination, the nightmarish story follows Rosemary on her paranoid quest to prove her neighbors belong to a coven of witches. The exceptional cast includes Ruth Gordon, who won the Oscar for her over-the-top performance as the batty neighbor who’s a little too pushy with those homemade health shakes, and John Cassavetes, as Rosemary’s actor husband who’s a little too friendly with the batty neighbor.
Oct. 31-Nov. 6, 2008
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 22, 2008