Mar 10, 2000 · Directed by Roman Polanski. With Johnny Depp, Frank Langella, Lena Olin, Emmanuelle Seigner. A rare book dealer, while seeking out the last two copies of a demon text, gets drawn into a conspiracy with supernatural overtones.
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The Ninth Gate is a 1999 mystery thriller film directed, produced, and co-written by Roman Polanski.An international co-production between the United States, Portugal, France, and Spain, the film is loosely based upon Arturo Pérez-Reverte's 1993 novel The Club Dumas.
The Ninth Gate isn't quite that good, but is a great story to see Polanski in years and years after Rosemary's Baby. This film is drenched in the occult, devil worshipping, references to secret ...
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Well the Ninth Gate explains how. The movie was directed by Roman Polanski and deals with searching for rare books, killings, chases, and finding everything revolves around worshipping the devil. That all sounds so bizarre but that was the point.
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Mar 10, 2000 · Roman Polanski's "The Ninth Gate," a satanic thriller, opens with a spectacularly good title sequence and goes downhill from there--but slowly, so that all through the first hour there is reason for hope, and only gradually do we realize the movie isn't going to pay off. It has good things in it, and I kept hoping Polanski would take the plot by the neck and shake life into it, but no. After ...
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Dean Corso (Johnny Depp), a New York City rare book dealer, makes his living conning people into selling him valuable antique books for a low price, and then re-selling them to private collectors. Corso meets with wealthy book collector Boris Balkan (Frank Langella), who has recently acquired a copy of The Nine Gates of the Kingdom of Shadows by 17th-century author Aristide Torchia, one of only three extant copies. The author adapted the book from one written by the Devilhimself, and was burned for heresy. "The Nine Gates" purportedly contains the means to summon the Devil and acquire invincibility and immortality. Balkan believes two of the three copies are forgeries. He hires Corso to check all three and acquire the legitimate one by any means necessary. Balkan's copy was acquired from Andrew Telfer (Willy Holt), who killed himself soon after. Telfer's widow Liana (Lena Olin) seduces Corso, in a failed attempt to get the book back. Meanwhile, Corso leaves the book for safekeeping...
Roman Polanski read the screenplay by Enrique Urbizu, an adaptation of the Spanish novel El Club Dumas (The Club Dumas, 1993), by Arturo Pérez-Reverte. Impressed with the script, Polanski read the novel, liking it because he "saw so many elements that seemed good for a movie. It was suspenseful, funny, and there were a great number of secondary characters that are tremendously cinematic". Pérez-Reverte's novel, El Club Dumas features intertwined plots, so Polanski wrote his own adaptation with his usual partner, John Brownjohn (Tess, Pirates and Bitter Moon). They deleted the novel's literary references and a sub-plot about Corso's investigation of an original manuscript of a chapter of The Three Musketeers and concentrated upon Dean Corso's pursuing the authentic copy of The Nine Gates. Polanski approached the subject skeptically, saying, "I don't believe in the occult. I don't believe. Period." Yet he enjoyed the genre. "There [are] a great number of clichés of this type in The Ni...
The musical score for The Ninth Gate was composed by Wojciech Kilar, who previously collaborated with Polanski on Death and the Maiden (1994). The film's main theme is loosely based upon Havanaise, for violin and orchestra, by Camille Saint-Saëns; some of the score has a vocalization (specifically, a melodic aria) by Korean soprano Sumi Jo.A soundtrack album was released on 16 November 1999 via Silva Screen label.
The premiere screening of The Ninth Gatewas in San Sebastián, Spain, on 25 August 1999; in North America, it appeared in 1,586 cinemas during the 10 March 2000 weekend, earning a gross income of $6.6 million, and $18.6 million in total. Worldwide, it earned $58.4 million against a $38 million production budget.
The Ninth Gate holds a 43 % rating at Rotten Tomatoes and a score of 44/100 on Metacritic. Roger Ebert said the ending was lackluster, "while at the end, I didn't yearn for spectacular special effects, I did wish for spectacular information — something awesome, not just a fade-to-white". In his review for The New York Times, Elvis Mitchell said the movie was "about as scary as a sock-puppet re-enactment of The Blair Witch Project, and not nearly as funny". Entertainment Weekly rated the film...Web site: THE NINTH GATE (15) . . 17 January 2000 . 7 June 2015.News: Hartl . John . The Ninth GateMarks Return for Polanski . . 5 March 2000 .News: Howell . Peter . Polanski's Demons . . 3 March 2000 .News: Arnold . Gary . Polanski's Dark Side . . 11 March 2000 .
The one he had didn't point to the gate but indicated a fire instead. By the end, the hero, Carso, is obsessed with the same goal for himself that Balkan was. The final illustration is enacted by him and the (unnamed) girl (a servant of the devil). She later leaves him a note where the true ninth illustration is.
Most often classified as a horror movie or a mystery thriller, The Ninth Gate -- which follows the search for what is, essentially, the devil's version of the Bible -- is actually more film noir than nail-biting.
The Girl is a mysterious woman with supernatural powers who appears in The Ninth Gate. She acts as Corso's guide and protector and possesses keen insight into the events of the film. 1 Background 2 The Ninth Gate 3 Demeanor 4 Appearance 5 Speculation 5.1 Hints 5.1.1 In the film, the Girl shows certain, subtle hints of her true nature. The complete background of the Girl was never revealed. The ...