If you’re an audience member or movie critic, you sit in a dark cinema and pray for a fascinating tale expertly told. If you are a producer, director, screenwriter or performer, you pray for a well-received and financially successful film. On June 12, 1968, prayers were answered. Rosemary’s Baby hit American theaters. This book is a definitive illustrated history commemorating the 50th anniversary of this landmark picture, from director and casting choices to the kudos and condemnation it received upon its release. Along the way, Polanski fell seriously behind schedule and was almost fired, Mia Farrow faced an ultimatum—career or marriage—from husband Frank Sinatra, and John Cassavetes nearly came to blows with his genius director. In addition to Munn’s comprehensive text, the book is a showcase for veteran special set photographer and movie still pioneer Bob Willoughby’s work, with many of his behind-the-scenes images presented here for the first time. His rare talent for capturing actors being themselves is an art form in its own right.
JAMES MUNN is a freelance writer and former editor at Architectural Digest. During his decade at the magazine, he produced the “Hollywood at Home” special issues and edited two books by editor in chief Paige Rense, Hollywood at Home and Private Views. James lives in Los Angeles.
This Is No Dream: Making Rosemary’s Baby by James Munn
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