#23: Rosemary's Baby 1968 Dir. Roman Polanski
The 1960s were time of turmoil in American culture. The United States was changing and it was this decade that many claim began the "breakdown of the American family". It is this idea of community and family being poisoned that is the basis for Roman Polanski's film, Rosemary's Baby. Rosemary's Baby is the story of a young woman and her husband moving into a new apartment in New York City. As they plan their new life together, they are beset upon by meddling neighbors and strange occurrences. The saying "it takes a village to raise a child" is perversely explored here, as Rosemary's neighbors take a keen interest in her life, marriage and pregnancy. Rosemary is definitely portrayed as the innocent that is manipulated by those around her. This is a movie that takes its time to develop and does a wonderful job of linking seemingly unrelated events together, adding up to a grand whole. The cast is wonderful and the directing is top notch. Rosmary's Baby is a think piece with a pay off, but is not for the impatient. If you stick with it, you'll be rewarded with a devil of an ending.