Karyn Kusama Discusses 'Rosemary's Baby' As Meaningful Feminist Cinema

Alisha McKinney

Karyn Kusama, an American independent film director best known for Jennifer's Body, Aeon Flux, Destroyer, and Girlfight, recently spoke with reporters at The Guardian in a reflection and analysis on at least one horrific scene in film. According to Kusama, the 1968 Roman Polanski horror movie, Rosemary's Baby, is a "a domestic abuse parable, and what it means to be partnered with men who want power at a woman's expense." The film stars Mia Farrow as Rosemary.

The scene which Kusama chose to discuss in depth, one which she describes as "such a betrayal," shows Rosemary seeking a doctor's help only to be turned over to the very people she's attempting to escape. Kusama is known to depict similar situations in her own creations. Her most recent films take a look at just who exactly the audience can trust. As the director points out, during Rosemary's Baby, the audience is well aware, just as Mia Farrow's character is, that something nefarious is happening. A discussion of Farrow's acting during the scene also came up during the interview.

"After believing she had found someone — a man in a position of power — that she could trust, she finds that she's been delivered back to her captors. Farrow plays [the part] with such a fragility that it's easy to feel like somehow she's part of the problem."

"One thing to add here is that Roman Polanski has made one of the great feminist parables of cinema — and yet we have to struggle with Polanski the man and the mistakes he has made, the crimes he has committed.

"But that to me is the enduring possibility of art, that it can stand apart from its maker, and I believe we have to judge 'Rosemary's Baby' on its own merit."

"But that to me is the enduring possibility of art, that it can stand apart from its maker, and I believe we have to judge 'Rosemary's Baby' on its own merit."

BACK TO TOP

ALL CONTENT © 2008 - 2021 THE INQUISITR.