Happy Birthday Mia Farrow
Mia Farrow has had to suffer the indignity of being over-determined in the media imagination in terms of her relationship with others. Male stars (with the possible exception of Warren Beatty) tend to avoid this lack of perceived autonomy. Mia Farrow’s tempestuous relationships with Frank Sinatra, Andre Previn and Woody Allen have led her to be described as a “muse” rather than an artist in her own right – something that inspires others to create rather than a creator – a noun rather than a verb.
Unfortunately, her most memorable (insofar as I keep remembering it) performance involves someone trapped in the worst relationship possible – with Satan he/she/itself. Everything about Rosemary’s Baby is about taking something nice and turning it nasty. Even the venue is bizarre, given that horror movies are set overwhelmingly in rural settings. The Dakota Building was apparently so called because when it was built in…
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