Double Feature

Rosemary’s Baby

The Mephisto Waltz

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Rosemary’s Baby

In Roman Polanski’s hit film, based on the novel by Ira Levin, Rosemary Woodhouse (Mia Farrow) and husband Guy (John Cassavetes) move into a large old NYC apartment building filled with eccentric neighbors. After becoming pregnant, Rosemary increasingly comes to fear that her husband has entered into a pact to steal their unborn child for an occult ritual. Academy Award Winner for Best Supporting Actress, Ruth Gordon.

“Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby is a brooding, macabre film, filled with the sense of unthinkable danger. It is a creepy film and a crawly film, and a film filled with things that go bump in the night. It is very good. 4 Stars” – Roger Ebert

“Several exhilarating milestones are achieved in Rosemary’s Baby, an excellent film version of Ira Levin’s diabolical chiller novel.” – Variety

Mark Pellington discusses Rosemary’s Baby for Trailers from Hell.

Kim Morgan discusses Rosemary’s Baby for the New Beverly blog.

Director
Roman Polanski
Starring
Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon, Sidney Blackmer, Maurice Evans, Ralph Bellamy, Victoria Vetri and Elisha Cook Jr.
Year
1968
Rated
R
Country
USA
Format
35mm
Running Time
136 minutes

The Mephisto Waltz

Alan Alda is Myles, a music journalist and frustrated pianist, who interviews the leukemia-stricken Duncan (Curt Jurgens), a virtuoso on the instrument. What Myles doesn’t know is that Duncan is also a Satanist, along with his sexy daughter Roxanne (Barbara Parkins of Valley of the Dolls), and that the two have plans to transfer Duncan’s soul into Myles’ body upon the old man’s death. Myles’ wife Paula (Jacqueline Bisset) doesn’t like becoming friends with the strange couple. When Duncan dies, Myles’ personality changes, and he suddenly becomes an accomplished pianist. Paula’s alarm bells go off and get louder when she has a dream about their daughter’s death, followed by the real thing. Suddenly, she finds herself in uncharted supernatural territory.

“…dream sequences… a healthy dose of Satanic ritual and incantation… bizarre murders and body exchanges… and, of course, plenty of illicit sexual encounters… with just enough exposed flesh to create a heady mixture of arousal and disgust.” – PopMatters

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Garret Mathany discusses The Mephisto Waltz on the New Beverly blog.

Director
Paul Wendkos
Starring
Alan Alda, Jacqueline Bisset, Barbara Parkins, Bradford Dillman, William Windom
Year
1971
Rated
R
Country
USA
Format
35mm
Running Time
115 minutes

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