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Birth of the Modern Horror

Birth of the Modern Horror



Birth of the modern horror.

In 1968, years prior to The Exorcist or Jaws, Roman Polanski's masterpiece changed radically the perception of scary movies among the audience and, even more important, inside Hollywood mentality: for the first time the genre became a mainstream production and an art work.

The greatness of Rosemary's Baby is going on all over the years because the movie is also a perfect tile in the director's specific puzzle. Into the story of a young woman and the evil she has to face in order to protect her newborn the author perfectly fitted his own ideas: the sense of claustrophobia for interiors. The pessimistic look about human relationships, even inside the family microcosm. The oppression that social and psychological rules cause into the human spirit.

The red line connecting previous movies like Cul-De-Sac and Repulsion with Rosemary's Baby - and future masterpieces like for example The Tenant or Death and the Maiden - is an achievement a very few artists could reach in contemporary cinema.
Magnificently played by a charming Mia Farrow and the genius of John Cassavetes, the adaptation of Ira Levin's novel gave to Polanski his first Academy Award nomination. A stunning Ruth Gordon won the Oscar as supporting actress.

Adriano Ercolani

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