Monday, November 26, 2012

Visual Parallels: Rosemary's Baby + Repulsion

By Sati. Monday, November 26, 2012 , , ,
Rosemary's Baby along with Repulsion and The Tenant create Roman Polanski's Apartment Trilogy about the horrors and psychosis that lurk in the ordinary walls, in peepholes, under the carpets and behind the furniture. While The Tenant has a male protagonist who moves in the new apartment and has to deal with bizarre neighbors and creepy occurrences - like finding tooth in the wall - both Rosemary's Baby and Repulsion have delicate, timid blondes as their heroines.

While Rosemary struggles with her pregnancy after she moves in to new building and grows increasingly worried of new neighbors and distant from her husband, Carol is left alone in her apartment after her sister leaves for holiday with her boyfriend. Young repressed girl's sanity starts to collapse in the face of her solitude. Both films are very creepy and subjective - you constantly wonder what is real and what is a hallucination, what's a threat and what's just a distorted perception of the troubled heroine.
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30 comments:

  1. Great Polanski on Polanski work here. Man, I really need to watch Repulsion again. That one worked in so many ways.

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    1. Thank you! I love Repulsion so much, my favorite out of Apartment Trilogy, though The Tenant scared the shit out of me and Rosemary's Baby has one of the best performances in horror movie.

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  2. Wow... great visual parallels indeed. I'm going to watch Rosemary's Baby next month along with a couple more of Polanski's films. So far, Repulsion is my favorite Polanski film at the moment.

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    1. Thanks! I hope you'll like RB, it's such a great movie. Repulsion is my fav Polanski's film too!

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  3. Though I haven't seen these two films, I always enjoy your Visual Parallel posts, Sati! Fantastic work, as always.

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    1. Thank you! You should check these out!

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  4. Rosemary's Baby always creeps me out – I still need to see Repulsion. It has been on my must watch list for years! I just have not gotten around to it!

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    1. I think Repulsion may even be creepier than RB :)

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  5. Another great job with this, really enjoy looking at these, and there are some striking parallels, particularly the peephole shot. I love Rosemary's Baby but haven't seen either of the other two. So many films! :)

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    1. Thanks! I think Polanski uses peephole shot in a great deal of his movies. You should definetly check out the Tenant and Repulsion!

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  6. Polanski is a genius. I do think Rosemary's Baby is slightly scarier, but they are both great films, which are genuinely terrifying.
    Great post as always :)

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    1. Thank you! Glad you enjoyed both films!

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  7. Brilliant post! I've never seen Repulsion. It sounds like a great film.

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    1. Thanks! You should check it out, it's terrific!

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  8. Brilliant post! I love both of these films, but I need to watch them back-to-back. The visual parallels confirm it. ;)

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    1. Thank you! Yeah it's awesome seeing them one after another, but it's quite the creepy experience :)

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  9. I loved how you compare certain key shots in each movie. I have seen both Repulsion and Rosemary's Baby but it's been ages since I last seen them. Plan on watching the Tenant later on this week hopefully.

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    1. Thank you! I hope you'll like the Tenant!

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  10. Ooh, I've not seen Repulsion! Great post! It must take you ages to gather the shots, I would never have the patience.

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    1. Nah, it's not too much work when I'm very familiar with the films I screencap :) You should definetly see Repulsion!

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  11. Awesome. I think Repulsion might be my favorite Polanski film.

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    1. Thanks! It's my favorite from him too!

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  12. I haven't seen neither of them, but as usual, great work Sati!

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    1. Thank you! I hope you'll get a chance to see those!

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  13. Great post on two very effective films, great use of images Sati.

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    1. Thank you, glad you liked it!

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    2. I really did, I reviewed Repulsion not so long ago, you should check out my review.

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    3. I think I read your review of it, great that you found the film to be interesting!

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  14. I still need to see both of these, but I'm digging the Visual Parallels! Great work once again, Sati!

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    1. Thank you! You should definetly see those two!

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