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A MYSTERIOUS MILITARY HELICOPTER IN ROSEMARY'S BABY

Rosemary (Mia Farrow) notices something above the buildings
Roman Polanski’s classic horror/thriller ROSEMARY’S BABY is full of eerie/intriguing moments – here’s one that might have slipped under the radar…While Rosemary’s suffering pains of pregnancy, not knowing the reasons why, she has a feeling her elderly neighbors aren’t exactly normal…

Kept like a prisoner in her apartment, Rosemary gets a chance for freedom: to meet with her friend, who had promised information that can back up her suspicions…Waiting for her friend to arrive, Rosemary stands on the New York City street as the creepy doll house soundtrack chimes, and, grimacing with discomfort, she tells herself: “Pain be gone, I will have no more of thee.”

Then, she suddenly smiles, and as the music intensifies (just a bit) she looks up and notices a helicopter with two large propellers, meant for carrying troops and/or supplies, flying overhead: not quite fitting with the sleek building landscape and the propeller noise audible above the street commotion...
Rosemary's random view of a helicopter in the city skyline
Noticing the copter, the expression changes on Rosemary’s face, from an eerie smile to that of brief concern, or curiosity… Could it be she’s thinking of the girl she met in the laundry room – who was staying with her pesky neighbors and winded up leaping from a window? Her brother was in the military... Or is this a subliminal message about Vietnam, the very controversial war escalating at the time?

Film historians would probably say the latter, being that no theme with political connections are missed in films (or books or music) of this era – but it’s always been an image that perplexed, and intrigued, this particular ROSEMARY'S BABY fanatic... The fact the copter is shown, even for a short period of time, means that it had to mean something... 
"Pain be gone, I will have no more of thee."
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  1. Well spotted indeed. The latter instance is certainly more plausible. However, given her circumstances of being targeted by satanists, the copter could very well have been some sort of satanic surveillance reconnaissance flyover. These copters are nowadays frequently used to spy on and harass/intimidate targeted individuals. And then, of course, Polanski ended up being targeted by satanists after exposing their wicked ways in this film. Thanks for the astute post.

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  2. Have always been intrigued by this myself. Glad to know I am not alone. Then again, this film is riddled with beautifully metaphoric, psycho-sexual goodies so nothing surprises me.

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  3. Have always been intrigued by this myself. Glad to know I am not alone. Then again, this film is riddled with beautifully metaphoric, psycho-sexual goodies so nothing surprises me.

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