Rosemary’s Baby 50th Anniversary

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‘Rosemary’s Baby’ the novel by Ira Levin was published in 1967, and the film was released the following year in 1968, making 2017 and 2018 the Golden Jubilees of one of the Horror genre’s best and most influential books and films. It is a classic and it’s our favorite diabolically accented occult horror film.

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Mia farrow & Victoria Vetri, aka Angela Dorian.

O.K., we admit it, it’s an obsession. We have interviewed Mr. Ernest Harada who appeared in the final scene of the film as the Japanese photographer (see below), and have been keeping a correspondence with actress Victoria Vetri who portrayed the Castevet’s ill-fated houseguest Terry. We also started the #RosemarysBaby50thAnniversary hashtag. 

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One of our favorite photos sent to us by the one and only Victoria Vetri aka Angela Dorian, who played Terry Gionofrio in the 1968 film Rosemary’s Baby. Hope she gets many opportunities for acting work – we can imagine her making an appearance in the American Horror Story series

Here we will add a list of links to all our blog posts regarding ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ as they accumulate. Simply move your pointer over the green title and click to read (you know you want to).

For fans of Rosemary’s Baby we offer our Facebook page dedicated to this classic thriller… the Rosemary’s Baby 50th Anniversary link below.

Rosemary’s Baby 50th Anniversary

We are in no way officially licensed or approved, have sold our souls to, in bed with, or otherwise in cahoots with Paramount Pictures or Roman Polanski. But we would be honored to be able to help support, nurture or otherwise promote Rosemary’s Baby or it’s 50th anniversary (Come on Paramount! We’re talking 50th Anniversary here! Make some magic happen!).

#RosemarysBaby50thAnniversary

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‘This Is No Dream: Making Rosemary’s Baby’ – A Book Review

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My Baby Rose Marie: A meditation on Horror Film and Spiritual Understanding

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13 Ways You Can Celebrate “Rosemary’s Baby’s 50th Anniversary”

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‘Rosemary’s Baby’: Raped by The Shadow

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‘Rosemary’s Baby Album’: Legacy of a Classic Diabolical Thriller

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Sympathy for the Devil: The Sublime Satanism of ‘Rosemary’s Baby’

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‘Rosemary’s Baby’ Turns 50 !

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An Interview with Ernest Harada: Celebrating 50 years of ‘Rosemary’s Baby’

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All of Them Witches: A”Who’s Who” in Rosemary’s Baby

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Rosemary’s Baby’ Japanese souvenir book

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Mia farrow, Victoria Vetri aka Angela Dorian and John Cassavetes in a scene cut from the film.

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Victoria Vetri aka Angela Dorian, 1968 Playmate of the Year, played Terry Gionofrio in the film Rosemary’s Baby. Photo July, 2018

Rosemary’s Baby 2017 Fantasy Remake & Dream Cast

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A Japanese View of ‘Rosemary’s Baby’

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Mia Farrow and John Cassavetes, 1968

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3 thoughts on “Rosemary’s Baby 50th Anniversary

  1. I am a HUGE fan of Rosemary’s Baby. One of the best horror genre films ever made.
    I have a question that has bothered me for years though. I am torn about whether or not Terry actually committed suicide or was murdered. I think she was murdered by the coven. It’s the band aid that sells me. Fans of the film will know the dialogue from the policeman that brings the supposed suicide note down to the scene. I just don’t see her character using a band aid to pin the note. Also, if it were written by her she would have told about the plot of the coven.

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    • Being a huge fan of Rosemary’s Baby myself, I too have considered this topic. The conclusion I have reached is that Terry most certainly DID commit suicide. This simple fact is apparent in the voices that come through Rosemary’s bedroom wall later that same night when she hears Minnie Castevet’s voice loudly complaining about “…having to start all over from scratch!” [to Roman] “I told you not to tell her in advance! I told you she wouldn’t be open minded!”. This seals it for me. I think author Ira Levin intended it that way as well from reading the novel. Being a native New Yorker, familiar with close neighborly living, his purpose in having the partition wall in the bedrooms was precisely to include bits of overheard conversation, overheard doorbells ringing, and of course the secret door connecting the two apartments. The band-aid is simply an odd detail Levin included, probably something he heard about in a similar occurrence in real life NYC. It’s a poignant touch of realism from Terry – who the Castevets had tried to “band-aid,” and salvage for their own insidious purposes. So the Castevet’s didn’t have any tape or thumb tacks laying around, so Terry chose a band-aid. The coven had too much riding on Terry to toss her out and spoil their plans.

      Having said, or written all that, you now have me re-thinking…. Minnie’s voice through the wall could be interpreted in the light of a murder perpetrated by the coven. “We wouldn’t have had to do THIS!! Start all over from scratch! I told you not to tell her in advance! I told you she wouldn’t be open-minded!” Hmmmm…. very ambiguous dialogue Mr Levin!

      But considering Terry’s drug habit she was kicking, her ambivalence towards her “brother in the Navy”, and Roman mentioning her getting depressed every few weeks or so…. I choose to go with the suicide. But thank you for impelling me to consider this topic more deeply! The fact that we are still considering the details in this devilish story is a tribute to it’s enduring appeal!

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    • I just had to check the end of the novel – when Minnie Castevet is explaining to Rosemary: “He chose you out of all the world, Rosemary. Out of all the women in the whole world He chose you. He brought you and Guy to your apartment there, He made that foolish what’s-her-name, Terry, made her get all scared and silly so we had to change our plans. He arranged everything that had to be arranged, ’cause He wanted you to be the mother of His only living son.”

      Again, very ambiguous. Ira Levin doesn’t ever come out and tell us whether Terry’s death is suicide or murder. We are left in that uncomfortable position of suspense and unknowing.

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