‘Rosemary’s Baby’ – 1968

 

"Awful things happen in every apartment house."

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The movie "Rosemary’s Baby", written for the screen and directed by Roman Polanski, from the novel by Ira Levin. John Cassavetes and Mia Farrow play a young couple who move into a new apartment, where they discover their neighbors are peculiarly friendly.  Once Mia’s character becomes pregnant, she becomes paranoid over the safety of her unborn child. In true Polanski fashion, "Rosemary’s Baby" shows that even our loved ones could be working against us because human selfishness knows no boundaries.

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In the mid 1960’s there was the  “God is Dead” faction, a theological movement that surfaced in some academic circles and became a national controversy after a cover story in Time magazine.

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Film Director Roman Polanski suffered the art inspiring real-life tragedy as his wife Sharon Tate was stabbed to death by the Manson Family while she was pregnant. The film’s composer died of a brain clot, similar to a character in the film’s predicament, just as soon as the film was done.

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I don’t know about you, but I think it is included as one of the cursed movies of the century.

Ingmar Bergman

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“To me, when cinematography is at its best, it is very close to the state of dreaming. You know, in any other art you can’t create a situation that is as close to dreaming. Think only of the time gap. You can make things as long as you want, exactly as in a dream. You can make things as short as you want, exactly as in a dream. As a director, a creator of the picture, you are like a dreamer. You can make what you want. You can construct everything. I think that is one of the most fascinating things that exists.”

Federico Fellini

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The public has lost the habit of movie-going because the cinema no longer possesses the charm, the hypnotic charisma, the authority it once commanded. The image it once held for us all, that of a dream we dreamt with our eyes open, has disappeared. Is it still possible that one thousand people might group together in the dark and experience the dream that a single individual has directed?

Ingmar Bergman

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“Film has dream, film has music. No form of art goes beyond ordinary consciousness as film does, straight to our emotions, deep into the twilight room of the soul. A little twitch in our optic nerve, a shock effect: twenty-four illuminated frames in a second, darkness in between, the optic nerve incapable of registering darkness. At the editing table, when I run the trip of film through, frame by frame, I still feel that dizzy sense of magic of my childhood: in the darkness of the wardrobe, I slowly wind one frame after another, see almost imperceptible changes, wind faster — a movement.”