Fav Films of the 60’s ~ #7 ~ Rosemary’s Baby

01 Jul

Before The Exorcist and Nightmare on Elm Street, there was Rosemary’s Baby. Directed by Roman Polanski based on the Ira Levin novel of the same name. Mia Farrow played the unsuspecting naive mother of the son of Satan. At the time she was married to the great Frank Sinatra, and the director was married to the beautiful Sharon Tate.

One of the first horror films I remember watching as a kid was Rosemary’s Baby. It scared the shit out of me! I watch it now and laugh thinking how could this have scared anyone. Ruth Gordon won the 1968 Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her role as the nosy neighbor Minnie Castevet.
Polanski wanted Robert Redford to play the role of Mia’s husband, but was unable as he was filming Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Burt Reynolds, Warren Beatty, Jack Nicholson were also considered, but John Cassavetes, stars as Guy Woodhouse. Jane Fonda was offered the role of Rosemary but turned it down to film Barbarella (1968) in Europe. Tuesday Weld was second choice (and Polański’s preference) but refused to test for the role.

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