Film Locations#1 Rosemary’s Baby

I got the chance to take a look at the building where Rosemary lives in Roman Polanski’s adaptation of Ira Levin’s Rosemary’s Baby.

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The apartment in the story is called The Bamford, the actual exterior shot used in the film is The Dakota, a historic Central Park West building, later to be the residence of John Lennon and the location of his assassination. I bet the Doorman thought I was just another morbid Beatles fan, I was tempted to ask them if they knew it was used in Polanski’s film, but had already been glared at, even approached as I took the following pictures.

According to IMDB, The Dakota’s managers would not allow filming to take place inside the building, so all interior scenes had to be filmed at Paramount Studios.

Ira Levin describes the location of The Bramford as 55th Street and 7th Avenue, the real life location of another historic building, The Wyoming.

Sadly, I did not get the chance to visit The Wymoing.


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