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This Is No Dream: Making Rosemary's Baby

By James Munn. Photographs by Bob Willoughby. Forword by Taylor Hackford.

Featured image is reproduced from 'This Is No Dream: Making Rosemary's Baby.'

The birthing of Rosemary's Baby: behind the scenes, 50 years on

This Is No Dream: Making Rosemary’s Baby is a definitive, illustrated history of Roman Polanski’s great 1968 film, from director and casting choices to the kudos and condemnation it received upon its release. During its making, Polanski fell seriously behind schedule and was almost fired; star Mia Farrow faced an ultimatum—career or marriage—from husband Frank Sinatra; and actor John Cassavetes nearly came to blows with his genius director. Photographer Bob Willoughby—a veteran special set photographer who shot for such movies as Ocean’s 11 (1960), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) and The Graduate (1967)—captured it all, along with other studio photographers.

The story begins with author Ira Levin, who was struck with the idea that “a fetus could be an effective horror if the reader knew it was growing into something malignly different from the baby expected.” He set his story in present-day Manhattan, he made the mother-to-be a young woman who had just moved into a mysterious apartment building with her actor husband and he had the baby’s father just happen to be the devil incarnate. And with that, Rosemary’s Baby was born. For most of 1967, Levin’s novel rested comfortably in the top ten of the New York Times bestseller list. It was practically a given that a movie version would be made and, by August 1967, cameras were ready to roll. On June 12, 1968, Rosemary’s Baby hit American theaters.

This book, commemorating the 50th anniversary of this landmark picture, features Bob Willoughby’s work, with many of his behind-the-scenes images presented here for the first time.


Featured image is reproduced from 'This Is No Dream: Making Rosemary's Baby.'

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AnOther

Miss Rosen

In a genre best known for its gruesome and grisly tropes, Rosemary’s Baby made the realm of the supernatural all too plausible in a delectable mixture of the mystical and the mundane.

WSJ

Rich Cohen

From the start, people sensed that there was something real and unreal about the movie. It did not feel or seem like other horror flicks. It was beautiful, languid, a fever dream you suspect is really happening, like Hitchcock on LSD.

Vanity Fair

Laura Jacobs

An insightful study of the film.

Washington Post

Lisa Zeidner

Provides a fascinating look at the inspired choices — and lucky breaks — that made the film iconic.

Globe and Mail

On the film’s 50th anniversary,this study and the unseen behind-the-scenes saga is almost as unsettling as the movie itself.

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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 8/23/2018

'This Is No Dream: Making Rosemary's Baby' launch at IFC

'This Is No Dream: Making Rosemary's Baby' launch at IFC

Sunday, August 26 at 3:40 PM, ARTBOOK | D.A.P., Reel Art Press and IFC invite you to celebrate the publication of This Is No Dream: Making Rosemary's Baby! Join us for a screening of Rosemary’s Baby with an extended introduction by the book’s author, James Munn, followed by a book signing.
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FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 7/28/2018

Christopher Willoughby & James Munn launch "This Is No Dream: Making Rosemary’s Baby" at Artbook @ Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles

Christopher Willoughby & James Munn launch "This Is No Dream: Making Rosemary’s Baby" at Artbook @ Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles

Saturday, July 28, from 4-6PM, Artbook at Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles and Reel Art Press present Christopher Willoughby, son of legendary set photographer Bob Willoughby, discussing his father’s career and his work on Rosemary’s Baby with James Munn, author of This Is No Dream: Making Rosemary's Baby.
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