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This Is No Dream: Making Rosemary’s Baby

Author

James Munn & Bob Willoughby

Published Date

24-07-2018

Publisher

Reel Art Press

ISBN

9781909526587

An engaging and inviting insight and some lucky breaks that made the film Rosemary’s Baby iconic, a glimpse into a moment that made Hollywood history.

About this book

The book provides an engaging and inviting insight and some lucky breaks that made the film Rosemary’s Baby iconic, starting with the fact that Alfred Hitchcock turned down the job to direct Ira Levin’s best-selling novel about a woman bearing Satan’s progeny. While Polanski also initially declined before reading the book, he later became hooked and wrote a script that was scrupulously faithful to the novel. John Cassavetes, the actor-director cast as the horrible husband and devoted to improvisation, did not take well to Polanski’s detailed directives and step by step rehearsed moves. Frank Sinatra who was then husband to Mia Farrow, served her with divorce papers on set as she refused to abandon the role as Rosemary to begin shooting The Detective with him. As Rosemary’s Baby ran over budget and schedule, James Mann’s anecdotal account of events along with film stills and never before seen photos taken by Bob Willoughby, provide a glimpse into a moment that made Hollywood history.

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