Rosemary’s Baby: Devilish Décor

The Unhappy Hipsters Celebrate Mia Farrow’s Birthday With Their Guide to Satanic Interiors

As an ode to actress Mia Farrow’s birthday, blogging duo Unhappy Hipsters critique the surprisingly divine décor of the New York apartment featured in her seminal 1968 thriller Rosemary’s Baby. The 23-year-old Farrow was catapulted to fame by her starring role as naïve young wife Rosemary Woodhouse, who has to contend with her devil-worshiping neighbors after moving into the Bramford, a mysterious 19th-century Gothic-revival building. “There is a hidden subplot within the film: Rosemary’s renovation of the apartment,” offers Unhappy Hipster Molly Jane Quinn, who with the blog’s co-founder Jenna Talbott appraised the film’s unexpected cult décor in their favorite scenes. “All the while Rosemary is remaking the apartment to suit her needs, the building (and its inhabitants) are remaking her to suit theirs, which makes her choices of bright white walls and sunny yellow fabrics seem at first hopeful, then increasingly creepy.” One-time wife of Frank Sinatra and later Woody Allen, Farrow quickly became a celluloid staple starring in The Great Gatsby, The Purple Rose of Cairo and, more recently, Be Kind Rewind. Yet, it is perhaps her role as the traumatized and Vidal Sassoon-styled Rosemary for which she will be best remembered.

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