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by Danny Baldwin

Following the birth (and supposed death) of her child, Rosemary (Mia Farrow) discovers a hidden door leading into the neighboring apartment, where the building's tenants and Dr. Sapirstein (Ralph Bellamy) are gathered around the baby. The sequence represents the height of Rosemary's disturbed isolation, using claustrophobic framing and darkness to translate her unease. The final shot of this clip tracks with Rosemary from behind, knife in hand, and compositionally inspired many a slasher film in the decades that followed.

Rosemary's Baby (Polanski, 1968) — The Knife

This sequence near the very end of "Rosemary's Baby" is a classic exercise in tension-building.

from Rosemary's Baby (1968)
Creator: Roman Polanski
Distributor: Paramount Pictures
Posted by Danny Baldwin