Rosemary’s Baby is a beautiful masterpiece. Based on the novel by Ira Levin, Roman Polanski’s 1968 film follows the story of Rosemary Woodhouse, a young pregnant woman. From conception to birth, Rosemary’s world is overshadowed with the suspicion that her pregnancy may be the result of a pact her husband has made with their eccentric neighbors to use the child for human sacrifice in an occult ritual.
You know, just the normal everyday fears any woman has during her first pregnancy.
Rosemary’s Baby is an incredibly complex film – and to dissect it to the level it deserves would take far too long. There are so many lovely concepts and mind blowing themes within the film, which is adapted almost word for word from the glorious novel, to explore.
Here are just a few items to educate yourself on…
- What makes this movie so evil is that there are no monsters or spooky settings aside from religious concepts.
- The true evil comes from warm neighbors and friendly smiles. Everyone is in this film is simply nice.
- The movie begins as a newly married couple, Rosemary and Guy, move into their new apartment.
- The overly friendly elderly neighbors, Minnie and Roman, take a deep interest in Rosemary and Guy, continually having them 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: But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils. Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils. Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he? (1 Corinthians 10:20-22).
- Rosemary falls into a drug induced sleep through a mousse given to her by Minnie.
- 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: Thou rulest the raging of the sea: when the waves thereof arise, thou stillest them. Thou hast broken Rahab in pieces, as one that is slain; thou hast scattered thine enemies with thy strong arm. (Psalms 89:9-10).
- In the novel, and shown amazingly in the film, 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.
- 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.
- Rosemary succumbs because the thing she longed for the most – a baby – becomes more important than her own soul.