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A classic 'trust no one' story. This film is about the birth of Antichrist!
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OSEMARY'S BABY
(1968)

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By David Bruce
David Bruce
Mia Farrow (Rosemary Woodhouse),
John Cassetes (Guy Woodhouse),
Ruth Gordon (Minnie Castavet),
Sidney Blackmer (Roman Castavet),
Maurice Evans (Hutch),
Ralph Bellamy (Dr. Saperstein),
Victoria Vetri (Terry Gionoffrio),
Patsy Kelly (Laura Louise),
Elisha Cook Jr. (Mr. Nicklas),
Charles Grodin (Dr. Hill)
This is Roman Polanski's first American film. It is a masterpiece of horror. What makes this movie about evil work is that there are no creepy characters or sinister looking locations. Evil comes with warm neighborliness and a friendly smile. Everyone is SO nice.

The movie begins as a newly married couple (Mia Farrow and John Cassavetes) move into their new apartment. The sky is sunny, the apartment is bright; all is right with the world. They want a family.
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However, there are a few clues in the beginning as to the movie's dark edges. Attention is given to a closet. The closet is symbolic of hidden things. There is the apparent suicide of a neighbor in the building. The extreme interest of an overly friendly elderly couple who are their neighbors, played by Ruth Gordon (Minnie) and Sidney Blackmer (Roman), in the young couple is also suspicious. Something else is going on here, the viewer suspects. The bright apartment is contrasted by the dark scenes of Rosemary's memory of her Catholic school experience as a child. Evil is made all things "bright and beautiful." The Church, on the other hand, is made dark and sinister.
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The apartment of the pleasant elderly couple is also dark. (Color and shadows cue us as to mood, symbol, and themes). The elderly couple is continually having Rosemary and Guy over for dinner, drinks, and social times. Meals and fellowship symbolize communion. Little does Rosemary realize at these pleasant soirees that she is entering into a communion with the devil himself. The Bible talks about "communion with demons" (1 Corinthians 10:20-22).
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Symbolisms continue.  Through a drug in the mousse, Rosemary goes from light (kitchen) to the darkness of her bedroom and falls into a drug induced sleep.  In her sleep, her room becomes an ocean.  Her ceiling becomes the painting in the Sistine chapel portraying God flying away.  Then suddenly she is on a boat on the tempest sea.  The sea is a symbol of the Chaos Monster.  The Chaos Monster in the Old Testament represents evil (Psalm 89:9-10).
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Suddenly there is some question in the viewer's mind: Is this real or a nightmare? Rosemary finds herself surrounded by her neighbors in a satanic ritual in which her husband becomes a demonic beast and rapes her. Mr. Castavet becomes a satanic pope.
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After the "dream" the film becomes bright again as Rosemary discovers she is pregnant much to her delight. Her doctor suggests that she drink a special herbal milk mixture produced by a friend of Mrs. Castavet. Again the idea is communion with the devil. The film grows increasingly claustrophobic as Rosemary is being suffocated by all these menacing do-gooders in her life. As she senses her freedom fleeing, she grows suspicious that something is wrong.
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These scenes take place at Christmas with the prevalent image of the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus.

Rosemary is to meet with a friend downtown. This friend has some information for her about the neighbors. When she arrives at the meeting spot, her friend is not there. She learns later that he was killed. The widow gives Rosemary a book on the Castavet's satanic background. Her friends advise her to get a new doctor. But for some reason, she gives in to her husband and neighbors. The power of evil! Rosemary succumbs because the thing she longed for the most - a baby - becomes more important than her own soul.
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This was the first movie of quality on the birth of the Antichrist.

Rosemary's Baby was a huge hit. There is a large interest in end-time events and the anti-Christ prophesied in scriptures. This film did not, however, spark movies about spirituality from Hollywood. Producers would have done well to take notes on these popular themes that always strike at the chords of audience response. Humans question the place of evil in their lives and the world around them. Is there a real devil? Who is the antichrist and how do you overcome evil. Later, The Omen and The Exorcist came out with a similar popular response.
RELATED NEWS STORY

Paul van Buren, 74, a leading exponent of the "death of God" theology, died.

July 2, 1998. Paul van Buren, 74, a leading exponent of the "death of God" theology, died June 18. He was trained in the philosophical method of linguistic analysis, and believed it is not possible to speak meaningfully about anything transcendent or mystical. With "God talk" ruled out, van Buren proclaimed a belief in Jesus but focused primarily on ethical behavior. Van Buren, who lived in Blue Hill, Maine, was an ordained Episcopal priest and a professor at Temple University.
...Van Buren was one of the principal theologians identified with the "death of God" movement of the 1960s, although he rejected use of the term. In his 1963 book, The Secular Meaning of the Gospel: Based on an Analysis of Its Language (Macmillan), he said he was "trying to find an utterly nontranscendent way" of interpreting the gospel. "That way, sense could be made of it," he said.

RELATED HUMOR

TV's BARNEY IS THE ANTICHRIST?
Proof that Barney, the cute purple dinosaur, is Satan can be ascertained with a little numerical study of his name and description.
     Given: Barney is a cute purple dinosaur.
     Step 1: Extract the Roman numerals from the given.
(Remember since the Romans had no letter 'U', we must replace each instance of 'U' with a "V")
     Initial conversion: CVTE PVRPLE DINOSAVR
     Numerical extraction: CV V L DI V
     Step 2: Add them: 100 + 5 + 5 + 50 + 500 + 1 + 5 = 666
     And you thought that PBS was safe!

Bible references (CEV):

Communion with demons -1 Corinthians 10:20-22,
No, I am not! That food is really sacrificed to demons and not to God. I don’t want you to have anything to do with demons. 21 You cannot drink from the cup of demons and still drink from the Lord’s cup. You cannot eat at the table of demons and still eat at the Lord’s table. 22 We would make the Lord jealous if we did that. And we are not stronger than the Lord.

Satan as an angel of light -1 Corinthians 11:14-15,
And it is no wonder. Even Satan tries to make himself look like an angel of light. 15 So why does it seem strange for Satan’s servants to pretend to do what is right?

The sea as symbol of evil -Psalm 89:9-10,

You rule the roaring sea and calm its waves.

You crushed the monster Rahab, and with your powerful arm you scattered your enemies.

About the antichrist (NLT):
2 John 2:7
Many deceivers have gone out into the world. They do not believe that Jesus Christ came to earth in a real body. Such a person is a deceiver and an
antichrist.

1 John 1:18 Dear children, the last hour is here. You have heard that the Antichrist is coming, and already many such antichrists have appeared. From this we know that the end of the world has come.

1 John 1:22-23   And who is the great liar? The one who says that Jesus is not the Christ. Such people are antichrists, for they have denied the Father and the Son. 23 Anyone who denies the Son doesn’t have the Father either. But anyone who confesses the Son has the Father also.

1 John 4:3  If a prophet does not acknowledge Jesus, that person is not from God. Such a person has the spirit of the Antichrist. You have heard that he is going to come into the world, and he is already here.

2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 For that day will not come until there is a great rebellion against God and the man of lawlessness is revealed—the one who brings destruction. 4 He will exalt himself and defy every god there is and tear down every object of adoration and worship. He will position himself in the temple of God, claiming that he himself is God.

Revelation 19:20  And the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who did mighty miracles on behalf of the beast—miracles that deceived all who had accepted the mark of the beast and who worshiped his statue. Both the beast and his false prophet were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulfur.

BULLETIN BOARD

IT SURE SCARED ME...
Subject: RosemarysBaby
Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2002
From: Catty

I have read all the above comments and don't have much else to add, except SEE it. If you are a fan of suspense and a true lover of movies, you will be glued to your screen. When my heart stops pounding so hard, I want to watch it again - a really good movie bears another viewing. SCARY!!! You will run to your Bible and start reading to get some relief.

Please don't post my email address.

A QUESTION ABOUT DATES
Subject: Rosemary's baby
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2002
From: k weaver I watched Rosemary's baby last night and I was wondering about the birth date of the baby. Her projected due date was June 28th 1966. Towards the end of the movie everyone was telling her she was not due for another 3 weeks (when she packed a hospital suitcase). If I am following the days correctly in the movie I believe the baby would have been possibly born on June 6th 1966 6/6/66.

SLEEP SAFE AND WARM
Subject: Rosemary's Baby
Date: Tue, 30 Oct 2001
From: "bluejay"

The song that Rosemary sings at the beginning and end of the film is "Sleep Safe and Warm." A rendition of it with full lyrics was recorded by Claudine Longet. It's available on her Best Of album.

The baby's father was played by Dr. Anton Szandor LeVay. He just used the name "Clay Tanner" for the film.

I know of no actual groups that act the way the one in "Rosemary's Baby" did, but I have had a couple of run-ins with individuals who behave very much the way the Castevets did; they're sooo friendly and helpful, you don't realize they're taking control of all aspects of your life. These are not satanists! -- two of them were devout Christian ladies who would do anything they could to get you into their church. The other one was of no particular faith, but simply needed total control in personal friendships as in business affairs. They used guilt and manipulation, psychological head games -- nothing occult involved.

The books that were used in the film were interesting. I've tried to track down the book they used for "All of Them Witches" but to no avail. In the film, Rosemary goes to Samuel Weiser's and buys another copy after Guy throws hers away; she also buys a copy of "The Book of Ceremonial Magic," by Arthur Edward Waite (who also conceived the familiar Rider-Waite Tarot Deck). It contains a history of the origins of white (ceremonial) magic, from the medieval days when priests performed such rites in addition to the regular sacraments. The page she reads in the taxi is on the literary detective work that's been done by various scholars to ascertain who wrote the original books of instructions for white magic. They are usually attributed to Popes such as Honorius, but as the book explains, it's not likely! The phrase about "Many people died under mysterious circumstances during this time..." was inserted for the film. It is not part of the original text.

In "All of Them Witches", we see the names Thomas Colley and Prudence Duvernoy. These people are both real. Colley was executed in 1751 not for being a witch, but for leading a mob that murdered an elderly couple believed to be witches.

Duvernoy, a milliner, may have been a confidante of Marie duPlessis, the real "Lady of the Camellias" in Dumas' story. Dumas does not refer to witchcraft practiced by Duvernoy, only that she was vulgar and bossy, spoke in a loud brassy voice and acted as a kind of manager for duPlessis. Sounds like Minnie.

POSSIBLE CULTS
Subject: (no subject)
Date: Sun, 19 Aug 2001
From: SB

I'm looking for information regarding any possible cults that ACT the way "Rosemary's Baby" did. Close knit, familial, controlling, etc. Particularly, choosing a father; drug induced sexual victimization. All this without the mother knowing it was planned. Dark? You bet. And believe me, I have reason to ask. That should get one thinking, shouldn't it? A thought, where did Roman Polanski get the idea, keeping in mind his wife was killed by a cult that had links to Son of Sam? And killed while she was pregnant. Thank you for any info, and please keep this as confidential as possible. yes, keep this confidential.

Response: There is no such group. Oh my gosh. Good grief. Let's not repeat the satanic child kidnapping baby sacrificing hysteria of the early 90s. May God deliver us from the Salem witch trials mentality. -David

PART 2
Subject: Rosemarys Baby
Date: Thu, 5 Jul 2001
From: georgie141@webtv.net (Georgie Osborne)

I LOVED PART 1 OF ROSEMARY'S BABY I EVEN OWN IT, BUT NOW I'M LOOKING FOR PART 2 :LOOK WHAT HAPPEN TO ROSEMARY'S BABY IF ANYONE KNOWS WHERE I CAN FIND IT PLEASE E-MAIL ME AT GEORGIE141@WEBTV.NET

Response: From "brainpang"
Date: Sun, 21 Oct 2001

I stumbled upon this section of your site and enjoyed much. I'll be sure to check out the rest soon. I noticed the e-mail question of a Rosemary's Baby 2 and yr reply that you did not know. Well, I remember watching Part 2; a schlocky made-for-tv movie that was painfully bad. Probably the late 70's. All I can recall is that the baby grew up to become a big time rock star. Of course this was to be the start of world domination. The funny thing is is that at the height of his Beatle-sized popularity the movie budget dictated he play tiny clubs to an audience of twenty.
best, brainpang
p.s. like feel free to put this up on your site

WHO PLAYED SATAN?
Subject: No Subject
Date: Wed, 4 Jul 2001
From: linda oliver

anyone know who played satan? the 'official' cast list says 'clay tanner' i've also heard it was anton lavey, founder of the church of satan (1966), rewarded with the role for 'technical advice' (?) the truth is out there..........
linda oliver

THE BEST
Subject: Rosemary's Baby
Date: Sat, 30 Jun 2001
From: DENISE

I own this movie i can not count how many times i have seen it, just watched it again and decided to search the net and here i am. I literally have been watching it over and over again for the past few weeks, i watch it and keep rewinding it. Mia Farrow made this movie i don't feel it would have been the same without her. My true all time favorite film of all time i can not tire of watching it.
Denise
Do not post email........

ALL THEM WITCHES
Subject: Rosemarys Baby
Date: Sun, 22 Apr 2001
From: Kat

I recently saw the movie ( very good) here in Australia. I was wondering, the book, "all them witches" which Hutch gives rosemary, I was wonderinf if it was a actual book.... i think it would be an interesting read.. thanks 4 any info :)
Kat

Response: I doubt it. But, perhaps someone else knows for sure. -David

ONE OF MY TOP TEN
Date: Sat, 10 Mar 2001
From: Rob Grace.

This is one of my favourite films of all time-in my top ten! It is so subtle that it is impossible to catch everything on first viewing, unless you have read the novel first!! The character acting is beyond praise that of Ruth Gorden(oscar!), Sidney Blackmer and Mia Farrow, I think Cassevettes overacts a little-I've always thought he was a weak actor, this is one of his stronger more concentrated performances though-quite effective still. The setting and the whole atmosphere- the dinner, the detail of the food they eat, the gothic interiors, the carefree manipulation and the clever way in which Polanski adds humour and then winds it all up without anti-climax is a stroke of genius. Read the Ira Levin novel first, it is not identical to the film as one person has suggested on here but more and greater detail with a sweap all of its own.
Rob Grace

KEEPING IT SUBLE
Date: Fri, 12 Jan 2001
From: Narniaj

Rosemary's Baby is one of my favorite movies. The book and the movie are identical, that's brilliant filmmaking!! What makes a movie scary? Keepin' it subtle.

THE DAKOTA BUILDING
Subject: The building
Date: Mon, 02 Oct 2000
From: Nick

What is the name of the building where the film was made? Was it the Dakota Buildings in N.Y? (The place where John and Yoko lived and where John was shot?)

Response: Yes, I understand that it is!

ROSEMARY'S BABY AND MY MOTHER
Date: Sun, 27 Feb 2000
From: BroadSTbullyG

When my mother was pregnant with me, she saw this in theatre, I wish I had a better seat.****A 70s Classic,-Hail Polanski!

ANOTHER CLASSIC
May 30, 1999. Ah yes, another cult classic. And I thought Vincent Price had covered it all....

ARCHETYPES AND SYMBOLISM
April 24, 1999, I love this movie. I saw when I was younger and later  read the book. Right now I'm writing a paper on it for one of my English courses, examining the archetypes and symbolism. It has so much to say about religion, society, and human nature. Thanks for this page,  it's helped me alot. -Jessica jbrand34@hotmail.com

SCARY  PIECE OF MUSIC
Feb 21 1999, Perhaps you could include the music that plays at the end of the film. A tuly scary piece of music, I'm sure you will agree! Excellent film by the way! –Jack

IT CHANGED THINGS
Feb 3, 1999. I'm in awe, honestly. Saw Rosemary for the first time at the impressionable age of nine---it was at the spur of the moment, and I don't think my mother knew what it was about. I wasn't the same again. It really colored things in many different hues, shall we say, after that.

KICKED
Jan 24 1999, This movie kicked!!!--Trish

FAVORITE FILM
Dec. 22, 1998. I have search this film during 4 years in video club. When I saw it for the first time, i knew nothing about it. I was quite surprised and i loved it immediatly I was not disappointed at all. It's my favourite film.

A MASTERPIECE
Dec 19, 1998. I loved Rosemary's Baby! It was a true masterpiece in film making! Mia Farrow wasexcellent. 10/10 Fantastic. DANIEL- Dannywood11@hotmail.com