September 12, 2009

Rosemary's Baby Soundtrack

Everything about Roman Polanski's Rosemary's Baby is perfect and the soundtrack is no exception. Composed by Krzysztof Komeda, this musical chestnut is full on atmospherics with all the surrealism, claustrophobia, paranoia and devil worshiping the film is famous for. Pieces such as "The Coven" and "Dream" work splendidly on their own, gaining enough bizzaro momentum to shake up anyone within hearing range, recalling every second of their respective scenes. What makes the music so striking here is that it sustains the feeling of open mockery - Polanski's dark humor has never been matched! - even as it depicts passages of sickness and complete betrayal. The highest point of the soundtrack, however, is the softest - the main title piece featuring Mia Farrow's melancholic la-la vocals, which initially sound pretty but become truly jarring within the context and narrative that both the film and the soundtrack provide (Fantomas take this juxtaposition within a single song on their cover of the main title). Finally, Krzysztof Komeda might have been too good at his job: it is difficult to listen to long stretches of this soundtrack because of how disturbing it can be. Enjoy! :)

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