Directed by Roman Polanski
Running time: 136 minutes
Sunday 19 February 2012
Auditorium, White Cube Bermondsey
”It was always for a second. It doesn’t matter how long. If it stays with you, that’s what matters. If you make it last any longer, you start analyzing the elements and also the way it was put together, and the charm is gone.”
Roman Polanski for Interview Magazine, responding to a question about why he chose to only show one second of a complicated scene where Rosemary floats on a raft in a blue sea.
Rosemary's Baby is writer-director Roman Polanski's first American film. Based on the bestselling 1967 horror novel by Ira Levin, Polanski 's film tracks a young couple as they move into a 19th century apartment building in New York City and are drawn into a world of mounting paranoia and eccentric, occult behaviour. Rosemary Woodhouse, played by Mia Farrow, starts to suspect that her husband, struggling actor Guy Woodhouse, played by John Cassavetes, has made a pact with their friendly but meddlesome neighbours, the Castavets, to further his acting career. Rosemary becomes pregnant and, as the film unfolds, feels increasingly sick and isolated, realising that the Castevets' circle is not what it seems. With its chilling depiction of two untouchable subjects: Satanism and childbirth, Rosemary's Baby is arguably one of the most compelling psychological thrillers of all time.
Reservation is not necessary, but places are limited. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment.