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Music Minute: Krzysztof Komeda “Rosemary’s Baby Interlude”

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“A chance to sit quietly and find out who you are; where you’ve been and where you’re going.”

-Ira Levin, Rosemary’s Baby

{published in 1967}

 

I called this an interlude because of its sauntering sweet nature between the high stakes and drama that is”Rosemary’s Baby”.

Polanski’s iconic film had many claiming he had beckoned the murder of his glamorous superstar wife, Sharon Tate just months following the film’s release, with this chilling tale of a wife sold to a coven of witches to give birth to the child of Satan!

The track is featured in a montage of Rosemary’s gleefully completing the contemporary turn-over of her new apartment (just before receiving a visit from her eccentric neighbour, Minnie).

The myth of the curse on the film was further perpetuated when John Lennon was murdered just outside the historic and now notorious Dakota building (below) just across the street from Central Park in New York City.

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in·ter·lude

noun \ˈin-tər-ˌlüd\

3. a musical composition inserted between the parts of a longer composition, a drama, or a religious service

So enjoy this brief interlude, and sail away with this new vintage classic. . .

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Setting Up For Satan: Fresh Design Tips for a New “Aeon”

“Rosemary’s Baby” remains one of the single most affecting, and stylish films to ever grace the silver screen. Based on the bestselling novel by Ira Levin (“The Stepford Wives”), the film serves up the frightening tale of an innocent young couple pulled deep into a darkness once imaginable in the heart of New York City.

Many argue the darkness still purveys more than ever in urban sprawls all over the world. No longer should you fear the woods at night, as much as the threat of our own neighbours, and the things we can’t see, that has begun to send shivers up your spine. As Gary Indiana of the Village Voice describes:

“The movie appeared at a moment of optimum spiritual chaos in American life. Rosemary’s Baby remains an iconic memory trace of a time when anything seemed possible, including the birth of the Anti-Christ”.

The fear still prevails more than ever in these times, and many would argue that SATAN can be found everywhere we look these days; television, film, books, and of course, FASHION.

But, paranoid speculation aside, perhaps one of the greatest aspects of Roman Polanski’s 1968 classic, is the devilishly divine design by Richard Sylbert. Setting the film in the both epic and ominous Dakota Building in New York City, Sylbet acts on the trends and compulsions of the time that really give definition to Rosemary’s characterization.

Prim and proper Rosemary- the picture of perfection, really. From her committed DIY efforts around the apartment, to her of-the-moment Vidal Sassoon haircut (“Don’t you like it?”), Rosemary is a portrait of a woman, perhaps society, committed to doing what’s “Right”. In the end, her constant commitment to being the “good girl” has led her down the darkest path of all.

Artwork by Aaron Duarte for The Eye of Faith

Being obsessive fans of the film’s decor, it was such a treat to stumble upon “Rosemary’s Baby: Devilish Decor” on Nowness.com! The site always features dynamic and interesting stories in the realm of art, design, film, and fashion, but the celebration of Mia Farrow’s 67th birthday with a hillarious How-To for Satanist’ provided by blogging duo Unahppy Hipsters is just what Doctor Sapperstein ordered!

Gotta give it to Richard Sylbet for being so on-point with the yellow for 1968, considering the film would have started production at least a year before! Thanks Unhappy Hipsters and Nowness for this dangerous delight!

Artwork by Aaron Duarte for The Eye of Faith.

“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.”

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Vidal Sassoon, Dead at 84.

Known for revolutionizing the fashion and hair industry with his styling wizardry, British hair stylist and business magnate Vidal Sassoon was found dead today at his home in Bel Air of natural causes.

Credited with the creation of the simple geometric  wedge haircut for stars such as Mary Quant. With a “wash and wear” philosophy, Sassoon would “revolutionize the way of hair styling” and become an emblem for “freedom and good health” for women everywhere. Not to mention  his extreme business savvy that would eventually led him to opening the world’s first series of chain salons around the globe.

Pop culture enthusiasts will remember Mia Farrow’s iconic Sassoon-do for the Roman Polanski film “Rosemary’s Baby” in 1968. Going under the blade, Farrow’s long locks would be cut to the pixie cut that would epitomize the style of the times, strange beauty, and forcing us to reevaluate the way we accept beauty as a whole.  In a time when women were restricted to insane beauty measures, Sassoon eliminated the “superfluous”, and allowed for the pure liberation of beauty.

Somehow it seemed Sassoon was always able to bring out the best in all those he touched. Worth an estimated $150 million, there is no doubting the incredible legacy this creative entrepreneur was able to leave behind; that of a mogul and a visionary. In 2011, a documentary was released entitled “Vidal Sassoon: The Movie” which features a great summary of the legend and the legacy. Click her to watch the trailer.

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R.I.P. Vidal Sassoon {[17 January 1928 – 9 May 2012]}

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