After watching Rosemary’s Baby for the first time in over 15 years, I realize that instead of writing a review I would simply like to post a bunch of stuff that shows my love for Ruth Gordon.
From the very beginning of the movie she is the epitome of old-lady chic:
Ladies and gentlemen…put your hands together for Ruth Gordon as Minnie Castavet:
Once Minnie and her husband decide they’d like to implant Satan’s spawn in poor Rosemary Woodhouse’s (played flawlessly by Mia Farrow) baby-maker, they invite Rosemary and her husband, Guy, to a dinner party. Look at Minnie’s table manners!
Minnie and her buddy Laura-Louise get comfy at Rosemary’s house. Ruth Gordon does a god-awful interpretation of knitting but I love her anyways:
After a while Minnie just won’t go away with her crazy red devil-loving eyes:
After a bunch of really disturbing madness involving Satan’s spawn’s conception and a bunch of gaslighting that drives Rosemary (understandably) batty…Minnie is still there at the end of the movie.
I like to think she becomes the devil-baby’s Auntie Mame.
I’m not the only one who loved Ruth Gordon in this. Apparently the Oscar® committee used to have some taste:
Thanks for everything, Ruth Gordon. Everything you do is pure gold (except Where’s Poppa...ugh).
*NOTE * – I will be reviewing all three of Polanski’s Apartment Trilogy movies this month!