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Mia & Roman (1968) is a 23 minute-long behind-the-scenes documentary about the making of Roman Polanski's film Rosemary's Baby.
posted by EXISTENZ IS PAUSED (6 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite

 
It was shot by Shahrokh Hatami, an Iranian photographer, who was friends with Abigail Folger and Sharon Tate and testified at the Manson trial. The film is on the DVD.
posted by Ideefixe at 6:52 AM on September 21, 2013


Rosemary's Baby: often imitated, never equalled.
posted by Sticherbeast at 7:08 AM on September 21, 2013


By the way, I was reading old movie reviews, and someone (Andrew Sarris?) claimed that Polanski only learned English after having already made Knife in the Water. Is that true?
posted by Sticherbeast at 7:09 AM on September 21, 2013


Trivia: When Polanski mentions studying karate in Los Angeles, his teacher was none other than Bruce Lee who was friends with his wife Sharon Tate. This may have why Enter the Dragon is playing during the movie theater scene in The Tenant.
posted by cazoo at 11:01 AM on September 21, 2013 [1 favorite]


Didn't Rosemary's Baby also play a role in the disintegration of Mia Farrow's marriage to Frank Sinatra? (Not that it was bound to last, mind you, but it sounds like it didn't help either.)
posted by jonp72 at 12:04 PM on September 21, 2013


By the way, I was reading old movie reviews, and someone (Andrew Sarris?) claimed that Polanski only learned English after having already made Knife in the Water. Is that true?

Yes - well after that. In fact, when he came over to Britain to shoot Repulsion, his English at that time was rudimentary, and he communicated mostly in French.

Trivia: When Polanski mentions studying karate in Los Angeles, his teacher was none other than Bruce Lee who was friends with his wife Sharon Tate. This may have why Enter the Dragon is playing during the movie theater scene in The Tenant.

Polanski and Bruce Lee were friends, and hung out together. According to Polanski, Bruce Lee claimed that a characteristic of his training was that he would never be surprised by a spontaneous attack wherever and whenever it might come, and invited Polanski to try it any time he wished - and so one day Polanski lurched to attack him from behind while BL was bent over tying his shoe, and Lee effortlessly parried him, as if he had some sixth sense of danger.

Didn't Rosemary's Baby also play a role in the disintegration of Mia Farrow's marriage to Frank Sinatra?

Yes. Sinatra hated her haircut in that movie, and didn't want her to do it the film at all, he wanted her to be near him at his beck and call. It was cited as the time when she realized that her marriage was effectively over. The film of course was merely a symptom, not a cause.
posted by VikingSword at 4:07 PM on September 21, 2013 [2 favorites]


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