Coming up on Saturday at the Described Movies: Rosemary's Baby and The Innocents.

From this Saturday at 12am Eastern, that’s 5pm Saturday in NZ, 2pm in Sydney and 5am in the UK, and repeated every four hours throughout the day, it’s the described movies Rosemary's Baby from 1968 and The Innocents from 1961.
Rosemary's Baby is a 1968 American psychological horror film written and directed by Roman Polanski, and starring Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon, Sidney Blackmer, Maurice Evans, Ralph Bellamy, Angela Dorian, Clay Tanner, and, in his feature film debut, Charles Grodin.
The film follows a young, pregnant wife in Manhattan who comes to suspect that her elderly neighbours are members of a Satanic cult, and are grooming her in order to use her baby for their rituals.
It is based on the 1967 novel of the same name by Ira Levin.
Rosemary's Baby deals with themes related to paranoia, women's liberation, Christianity (Catholicism), and the occult.
The film earned almost universal acclaim from film critics and won numerous nominations and awards.
It is widely regarded as one of the greatest horror movies of all time.
In 2014, the film was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress, being deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."
Directed by: Roman Polanski.
Screenplay by: Roman Polanski.
Based on: Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin.
Produced by: William Castle.
Starring: Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon, Sidney Blackmer, Maurice Evans and Ralph Bellamy.
Cinematography: William A. Fraker.
Edited by: Sam O'Steen and Bob Wyman.
Music by: Krzysztof Komeda.
Production company: William Castle Enterprises.
Distributed by: Paramount Pictures.
Release date: 12 June , 1968.
File Length : 137 minutes.
Country: United States.
Language: English.
Budget: $3.2 million.
Box office: $33.4 million.
The Innocents is a 1961 psychological horror film directed and produced by Jack Clayton, and starring Deborah Kerr, Michael Redgrave, and Megs Jenkins.
Based on the 1898 novella The Turn of the Screw by the American novelist Henry James, the screenplay was adapted by William Archibald and Truman Capote, who used Archibald's own 1950 stage play —also titled The Innocents—as a primary source text.
Its plot follows a governess who watches over two children and comes to fear that their large estate is haunted by ghosts and that the children are being possessed.
Archibald's original screenplay for The Innocents was based on the premise that the paranormal events depicted were legitimate.
Displeased with Archibald's take on the material, director Jack Clayton appointed American writer Truman Capote to rework the script.
Capote's rewrites incorporated psychological themes, resulting in a final work that suggests other alternatives to the plot.
Filming took place partly on location at the Gothic mansion of Sheffield Park in Sussex, with additional shoots occurring at Shepperton Studios in Surrey.
Shot in CinemaScope, The Innocents incorporated bold minimal lighting as well as deep focus, employed by cinematographer Freddie Francis to achieve a distinctive—and sometimes claustrophobic—atmosphere.
The film also pioneered the use of synthesised electronic sound created by Daphne Oram.
Clayton was dissatisfied with the original score of the movie by French composer Georges Auric and requested some alteration.
But because Auric was not available due to health problems, Clayton turned to W. Lambert Williamson.
The Innocents received international distribution from the American film studio 20th Century Fox, and received its London premiere on 24 November 1961. It was released in the United States the following month on 15 December in Los Angeles and Christmas Day in New York City.
The psychological underpinnings of the film's screenplay have resulted in it being the subject of numerous critical and scholarly essays, particularly in the area of film theory.
Of the various film adaptations of James's work, The Innocents has received the most critical debate.
It was selected by The Guardian as one of the 25 best horror films ever made.
Directed by: Jack Clayton.
Screenplay by: William Archibald, Truman Capote and John Mortimer (additional scenes and dialogue).
Based on: The Turn of the Screw by Henry James.
Produced by: Jack Clayton.
Starring: Deborah Kerr, Peter Wyngarde, Megs Jenkins, Michael Redgrave, Pamela Franklin and Martin Stephens.
Cinematography: Freddie Francis.
Edited by: Jim Clark.
Music by: Georges Auric.
Production companies: Achilles Film Productions and 20th Century Fox.
Distributed by: 20th Century Fox.
Release date: 24 November 1961 (London) and 15 December 1961 (Los Angeles).
File Length: 95 minutes.
Countries: United Kingdom and United States.
Language: English.
Budget: £430,000.
Box office: $1.2 million (North America).
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