Rosemary's Baby

Rosemary's Baby[Read] ➵ Rosemary's Baby By Michael Newton – Heartforum.co.uk Rosemary s Baby is one of the greatest movies of the late s and one of the best of all horror movies, an outstanding modern Gothic tale An art house fable and an elegant popular entertainment, it find Rosemary s Baby is one of the greatest movies of the late s and one of the best of all horror movies, an outstanding modern Gothic tale An art house fable and an elegant popular entertainment, it finds its home on the cusp between a cinema of sentiment and one of sensation Michael Newton s study of the film traces its development at a time when Hollywood stood poised between the old world and the new, its dominance threatened by the rise of TV and cultural change, and the roles played variously by super producer Robert Evans, the film s producer William Castle, director Polanski and its stars including Mia Farrow and John CassavetesNewton s close textual analysis explores the film s meanings and resonances, and, looking beyond the film itself, he examines its reception and cultural impact, and its afterlife, in which Rosemary s Baby has become linked with the terrible murder of Polanski s wife and unborn child by members of the Manson cult, and with controversies surrounding the director.

From Wikipedia Michael Newton born is an American author best known for his work on Don Pendleton s Mack Bolan series Newton first began work on the Executioner series by co writing The Executioner s War Book with Don Pendleton in Since then he has been a steady writer for the series with almost entries to his credit, which triples the amount written by creator Don Pendleton His skills and knowledge of the series have allowed him to be picked by the publishers to write the milestone novels such as , , and Writing under the pseudonym Lyle Brandt, Michael Newton has also become a popular writer of Western novels He has written a number of successful non fiction titles as well, including a book on genre writing How to Write Action Adventure Novels His book Invisible Empire The Ku Klux Klan in Florida won the Florida Historical Society s Rembert Patrick Award for Best Book in Florida History Newton s Encyclopedia of Cryptozoology won the American Library Association s award for Outstanding Reference Work in Pen names Lyle Brandt, Don Pendleton, Jack BuchananBibiliography available here.

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  • Paperback
  • 136 pages
  • Rosemary's Baby
  • Michael Newton
  • 24 September 2019
  • 1844579522

10 thoughts on “Rosemary's Baby

  1. Alexander Peterhans says:

    He has his father s eyes Excellent analysis and background to the seminal 1960s horror film.Produced by the British Film Institute and part of a series of academic analyses, the book is presented in three parts firstly on the creation of the film, then the actual analysis or as Michael Newton puts it, exploring its meanings and resonances and finally a chapter on how the film was received and its cultural resonance.The chapter on the creation of the film is surprisingly extensive IHe has his father s eyes Excellent analysis and background to the seminal 1960s horror film.Produced by the British Film Institute and part of a series of academic analyses, the book is presented in three parts firstly on the creation of the film, then the actual analysis or as Michael Newton puts it, exploring its meanings and resonances and finally a chapter on how the film was received and its cultural resonance.The chapter on the creation of the film is surprisingly extensive I say surprisingly , because it s at least as long and extensive as the analysis chapter, while I would expect it to beof an introduction It seems well researched and is well illustrated, with background photos and film photos.The analysis is broad, but not meandering, and again seems thoroughly researched The film is well placed within Roman Polanski s filmography, and its relation to his other films is made explicit Those expecting obvious connections to Anton LaVey and his Church of Satan won t be disappointed.The last chapter is the shortest, and although it does make mention of the Ira Levin penned sequel and the miniseries from a couple of years back, the made for TV sequel isn t mentioned and yes, there was one, it even had Ruth Gordon reprising her role as Minnie Castavet and everything I also would ve liked to see aextensive look at the slew of satanic panic cross that was published and produced after the success of the film.The original book by Levin is regularly mentioned, quoted and compared to the film, but make no mistake, the main focus is on the film.Newton also doesn t let Polanski off the hook, and discusses his rape charges and subsequent fleeing to France It is, after all, hard to watch Rosemary s Baby and not think of that.I really enjoyed this deep little dive, and can only recommend others to watch rewatch the film, and dig in.4.5 starsKindly received an ARC from Bloomsbury Academic through NetGalley

  2. Emily says:

    3.5 I enjoyed reading this analysis of Rosemary s Baby overall, but I struggled through some parts of it I mof a casual fan of Rosemary s Baby, and I think this book would be better for someone who really loves it There were a lot of names, dates, and industry background information to sift through in this one However, once the book gotinto the actual film analysis, I enjoyed it muchI also want to re watch the movie now I wish there would have been a littleorganizati 3.5 I enjoyed reading this analysis of Rosemary s Baby overall, but I struggled through some parts of it I mof a casual fan of Rosemary s Baby, and I think this book would be better for someone who really loves it There were a lot of names, dates, and industry background information to sift through in this one However, once the book gotinto the actual film analysis, I enjoyed it muchI also want to re watch the movie now I wish there would have been a littleorganization flow, but it was still an interesting read

  3. Lyndie says:

    This book provides an in depth account of the making of the cult classic Rosemarys Baby While its not a thrilling read it provides ample information in regards to the movies cast and crew It also delves deep into the movies symbolism I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  4. Alexis says:

    This is a book written about the film, Rosemary s Baby It gives you some background information about the time when the film was made and the people who were involved in making it It also dissects the film and discusses it s themes and how it has been perceived I ve never read a book like this before, but I loved the film so I thought I would give it a try.This book is very well written and insightful It gives a lot of information about the people who were in the film and the people who made This is a book written about the film, Rosemary s Baby It gives you some background information about the time when the film was made and the people who were involved in making it It also dissects the film and discusses it s themes and how it has been perceived I ve never read a book like this before, but I loved the film so I thought I would give it a try.This book is very well written and insightful It gives a lot of information about the people who were in the film and the people who made it, in particular the lead actress Mia Farrow and the director Roman Polanski I found the background of the time around which the film was made to be particularly interesting, as I don t think you consider things like that when you are watching a film but actually it s integral to the making of the film and how it comes out I really like hearing about the influences behind the book and how the film was made, and the author did a really good job of both including a lot of information and also making it very interesting to read.I literally got through this book in less than a day as it was a good read and quite short It made me want to go back and watch the film again, because I haven t seen it in years and I would like to watch it again with acritical eye and with the extra information I have now It also made me want to read the book, and compare it to the film I would recommend this book if you are a fan of the film and if you re interested in learningabout the making of it and the ideas behind it

  5. R.J. says:

    Having seen the title movie countless times and recently reading the novel for the first time, this book was a quick and fun and full of great facts From the backgrounds of individuals who worked on the film to the histories of Old Hollywood, the Church of Satan and beyond, this was a treasure trove of information.If you re a film buff or just really really love this movie and novel as much as I do, you re going to want to pick this up.

  6. Vivienne says:

    My thanks to Bloomsbury Academic BFI Publishing for a temporary digital edition via NetGalley of Rosemary s Baby by Michael Newton in exchange for an honest review.This work is part of the BFI Film Classics series that introduces, interprets and celebrates landmarks of world cinema In it Michael Newton studies the film s development and its adaptation from novel to film including the casting and filming processes.He examines the roles played by studio executive Robert Evans, the film s produ My thanks to Bloomsbury Academic BFI Publishing for a temporary digital edition via NetGalley of Rosemary s Baby by Michael Newton in exchange for an honest review.This work is part of the BFI Film Classics series that introduces, interprets and celebrates landmarks of world cinema In it Michael Newton studies the film s development and its adaptation from novel to film including the casting and filming processes.He examines the roles played by studio executive Robert Evans, the film s producer William Castle, director Roman Polanski and its stars including Mia Farrow and John Cassavetes There is also a close textual analysis of the film s meanings and resonances.In the final section he examines the film s reception and its cultural impact, as well as how it became linked with the horrific murders of Sharon Tate, Polanski s wife, and their unborn child by members of the Manson cult along with the later controversies surrounding Polanski The text is accompanied by photographs from the set and stills from the film There are copious notes, a bibliography and suggestions for further reading Rosemary s Baby ranks among my all time favourite novels, cementing my admiration for its author, Ira Levin On viewing the film, my first R rated one, I was impressed at how faithful it was to its source material Since then I have lost count of the number of times that I have viewed it.This is clearly an academic work that will be of interest to film studies students, and yet it remains accessible to those who are fans of horror and film Overall, I really appreciated having the opportunity of doing this deep dive into Rosemary s Baby I now want to watch it again keeping in mind the elements that Newton highlighted Highly recommended

  7. Kristine says:

    Rosemary s Baby by Michael Newton is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in early June.A story of the making of the film, preconception somewhat ironic, I know , casting, dissolution of the marriage between Farrow and Sinatra, its use of symbolism, reference though not quite reverence to the Catholic church, critical response, its alleged curse, and its place in film history.

  8. Margarita (margaritathedrink) says:

    This book is about the film Rosemary s baby which discusses the film and history I think the author did a fantastic job and now i need to rewatch the film as its been forever since i did If you are a movie buff and like to learnabout films and behind the scenes i highly recommend picking this one up.thank you netgalley and publisher for allowing me to read this early

  9. Peter Baran says:

    There are different approaches to take with a monograph on an individual film, and sometimes the technique relies on the status of the film itself Rosemary s Baby is an interesting text in film history it is a seminal psychological horror film, key in the canon of the director, important in production history for Paramount Gulf Western So it doesn t need reappraisal, most viewers accept that Rosemary s Baby does what it does very well Not that there aren t fascinating aspects of its pro There are different approaches to take with a monograph on an individual film, and sometimes the technique relies on the status of the film itself Rosemary s Baby is an interesting text in film history it is a seminal psychological horror film, key in the canon of the director, important in production history for Paramount Gulf Western So it doesn t need reappraisal, most viewers accept that Rosemary s Baby does what it does very well Not that there aren t fascinating aspects of its production, the personnel involved and its subject matter Michael Newton is not trying to elevate it, rather cement it in the canon which means he leans to the hagiographic in places even when he is winkling out the fascinating production nuggets.All this to say that this BFI Classic on Rosemary s Baby is probably everything you would need from a book arguing it is a great film It gives a solid bio of all the lead players, talks a bit about it not at all troubled movement from book to film because the film hues so closely to the text there are questions about authorship and whilst Newton is effusive about what Polanski has achieved with the film, he is not precious about the tactics to achieve that The only real stylistic flourish in this monograph is the choice to split the book into three parts named after the sections of a traditional magic trick The Pledge, The Turn and The Prestige But that s just a fancy way of saying pre production and biography, the production and the release Since he doesn t really even consider Rosemary s Baby as a magic trick considering how the film is partially about magic its an odd choice But I guess there is always a pull to try to do something away from a standard chronological take which this is a bare disguise for This is a terrific primer on the film, and is probably all you need at hand if you want to wallow and understand a littleabout where it sits in cinematic history, and the tidbits about the versions you might have seen It struggles a touch with the issues around its lead protagonists, the controversy and potential cancellation of Polanski, and the not complex public and private personas of both Farrow and Cassevetes are all left to to the final section and feel like an after thought There is some nice parallels with conspiracy theories, and historical conversation about Satanism, though I would have liked perhaps a fewthoughts about films that have borrowed themes afterwards The Omen, The Astronaut s Wife, Hereditary, the mini series remake, even Alien There is a sense that perhaps there isn t that much subtext in Rosemary s Baby, it is very successful in telling a particularly unsettling kind of horror tale but there s not muchto it that a good story excellently told But the main thing this kind of monograph should do is make you want to watch the film again, and it succeeds wildly at that

  10. Dylan Schnabel says:

    An ARC was provided to me by the publisher on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Rosemary s Baby by Michael Newton is a fairly comprehensive analysis of the film by the same name directed by Roman Polanski It dives into the creation of the film itself, a lot of the thoughts Polanski and the author of the book the movie was based on, Ira Levin, had about the film It later dives into the film itself, and it finishes up with a brief overview of some of the external issues surrounding peop An ARC was provided to me by the publisher on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Rosemary s Baby by Michael Newton is a fairly comprehensive analysis of the film by the same name directed by Roman Polanski It dives into the creation of the film itself, a lot of the thoughts Polanski and the author of the book the movie was based on, Ira Levin, had about the film It later dives into the film itself, and it finishes up with a brief overview of some of the external issues surrounding people involved with the film, primarily Polanski.The middle third of the book, which features the analysis of the film itself, is the strongest part of the book It dives deeply into themes, compares and contrasts the novel to the film, and dives deeply into why Levin and Polanski made the choices they did in their respective works It s a solid look into multiple possibilities and perspectives tied to Rosemary s Baby, and it s quite enjoyable.That being said, the book has a number of flaws First and foremost, it s pretentious There are multiple lines where I had to pause to roll my eyes Maybe that just means I m not the target audience for such an academic sounding read, but really, I felt a lotpretentiousness than I felt I should have There were moments in the writing where the pretentiousness slipped and it felt like Newton was connecting with the reader on a real level, but those only served to highlight how pompous other parts felt Second, the beginning and the end of the book just didn t stand up to the middle The first third of the book was a massive slog This was where the author told the story of the film s production, from concept to casting to filming I ve read interesting accounts of film productions before, but this just wasn t one of them It was dull, but I knew there was some sort of analysis coming, and I wanted to see if I d enjoy it Third, after riding the high of some fun film analysis, the ending of the book, primarily the talk about Manson, Polanski, and some of the other cultural events that were related to people related to the film, was a letdown It went back to being dry, and honestly, slightly off putting Specifically, in regards to the small but condemning section devoted to Polanski s rape, it felt odd I m not sure how an author includes such a condemnation without it feeling out of place, as it s not something that meshes well with an academic analysis of a film separate from the incident, but I think it would have felt less tacked on near the beginning rather than near the end All in all, while the analysis in the middle of the book was what I really had hoped for when starting the book, the other sections left me feeling bored and let down by the time I had finished It s quite possible the work just isn t for me If you re a big fan of the film, I d still say it s worth a shot

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