Babe on Film: Rosemary’s Baby

You’ve probably seen this movie before. It’s an absolute classic and full of genuinely scary moments. It’s the story of Mia Farrow’s Rosemary and her husband Guy, who move into an apartment whose entire co-op board is made up of witches. One night Rosemary overindulges in some roofied pudding and has a drunken hookup with the devil. She gets pregnant and spends the rest of the movie trying to uncover the witches’ evil plan to make her bear the spawn of Satan. Sure. That’s the movie we’ve all seen.

But I suggest watching this movie as a primer on 1960 style. In fact, this is the movie that made the super short Vidal Sassoon haircut chic for the first time. Actresses have been attempting to replicate Mia’s super short boyish look since, with increasingly diminished returns. And the costumes are a perfect time capsule of things only extremely thin pregnant women in New York City in 1960 could wear. For example: The blue nightgown at the top of this page. There are also social norms that just don’t exist anymore, like Rosemary’s closeted gay husband and the fact that she wasn’t expected to have a job.

All in all, it’s a look into the creepy recent past. And a great reminder why not to have a baby.

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