Castro Theatre Wed, Oct 30, 2019 7:00 PM


ROSEMARY’S BABY Roman Polanski’s first American picture depicts the mental deterioration of a pregnant woman (Mia Farrow) as she is drawn into the horrifying suspicion that the child she is carrying is not of this world. Ingenious in design, the camerawork leaves the most grotesque frights to the viewer’s imagination. Ruth Gordon won the Oscar for her role as the nosy neighbor, backed by John Cassavetes and Ralph Bellamy in creepy turns. (1968, 137 min, DCP) + IT’S ALIVE! The use of an experimental maternity drug creates a violent mutant baby, whose rampage terrorizes the city of Los Angeles and leaves its parents bitterly conflicted over its fate. A strong and affecting showcase of the late writer-director Larry Cohen’s trademark combination of strident social commentary and low-budget filmmaking creativity boosted by maestro Bernard Herrmann’s unsettling score and John P. Ryan’s riveting, rollercoaster ride performance as the baby’s father. (1974, 91 min, HD digital)