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The Ninth Gate
Every book has a life of its own.
An all-expenses-paid international search for a rare copy of The Nine Gates of the Shadow Kingdom brings an unscrupulous book dealer deep into a world of murder, double-dealing and satanic worship.
''To travel in silence / by a long and circuitous route, / To brave the arrows of misfortune / and fear neither noose nor fire, / To play the greatest of all games / and win, foregoing no expense / is to mock the vicissitudes of Fate / and gain at last the key / that will unlock the Ninth Gate.''
Roman Polanski's The Ninth Gate is a film that despite its fair share of silliness, always seduces me to enter back into its sometimes campy, but mostly mysterious universe. Johnny Depp embodies Dean Corso (albeit, in a bit of a flat performance), a rare book dealer/swindler who is immersed in a quest to hunt down the remaining copies of…
The Ninth Gate is a strange one from Roman Polanski, a director who has of course dabbled in the occult landscape he again taps here, arguably to greater success. Adapted from the Spanish novel El Club Dumas by Arturo Perez-Reverte, Polanski's film is quite an elegant, cultured malaise of a story that could almost define the term 'slow burn', if it even burns at all. To many undoubtedly it's subject matter--an unscrupulous book dealer is hired to find a tome that may be able to raise the Devil--would be inherently boring and Polanski's careful construction of Johnny Depp's lead character's journey snooze inducing, yet oddly enough there is just something about the way Polanski shoots this, something about the manner…
Dirk's review of Mortdecai highlighted the decline in the fortunes of Johnny Depp's career path all too clearly. Commercial and critical success has been elusive lately for Owensboro, Kentucky's favorite son, so the chance to step back in time and enjoy one of his better but lesser known films (though not a huge hit) was too good to turn down. The Ninth Gate may be hokum, but crafted by Roman Polanski and featuring elements of the occult and an intriguing supernatural concept, it's entertaining hokum.
Depp plays a rare book dealer who gets asked by a wealthy collector to authenticate his copy of a book that can summon the devil himself. Frank Langella is the man who sends Depp to…
There's nothing more reliable than a man whose loyalty can be bought for hard cash. ~ Boris Balkan
Director Roman Polanski was still in a funk when he made this ... 25 years in exile in Europe and two decades since his last big success, "Tess." He would reemerge as a force in 2002 with "The Pianist," but there's something shy of his best effort here, despite some excellent camerawork, one awesome bit of pyrotechnics, and several great actors to work with.
Start with Johnny Depp. He's had some odd roles in his career, but I don't think I have ever seen Depp play a character so sedate and conventional as antiquarian book dealer Dean Corso. He doesn't crack a…
Somewhere in here, there is a good movie. The story is actually rather interesting, but it's ruined as the movie doesn't know whether it wants to be scary or silly, a supernatural noir or a movie about someone hunting down a book. The result is a dull mess where you don't care about the characters but is interested in where the story goes. Sadly, after a while you stop caring about that too, since it's all fairly obvious, aside from the preposterous ending.
Johnny Depp and Frank Langella are awesome though. Together they almost make the movie worth watching, if you're a fan of both and have seen every other movie with them forty times. If not, don't watch this.
My favorite Polanski movie, hands down. I love occult thrillers (a genre that has too few candidates in my book) and The Ninth Gate has that special dry ambience that makes it exceptional. Johnny Depp is perfect in the lead and as an extra bonus we even get Jack Taylor in a small role. And the score.. Wonderful.
Sure, Polanski has made a number of movies that are masterpieces but this is the one I have seen most times. Simply marvelous. Hands down the best movie ever made by a pedophile.
"Aprieta ese culo".
I'd just like to remind anyone giving this a recent viewing that Roman Polanski also directed Chinatown and Rosemary's Baby.
Simply put, The Ninth Gate is a painfully slow movie plagued by a bad script that manages to keep it just shallowly amusing. After coming to terms with its atrociously daft pacing, one might enjoy its crazy but chintzy feats that keep on happening wherever our main Protagonist (Johnny Depp), whose point of view we are diving into over the course of the entire movie, is going. The film does not quite manage to induce the effect of a slow burn that director Roman Polanski definitely was aiming to accomplish. That is due to what the flawed story surmounts to in the final hour (hihi) of this lengthy ... Thriller? Horror? I don't know what it is even ...
It is a little movie, but a lovely one.
The atmosphere is great, very close to Belgian-French comic-books. This is not a serious story and Depp plays the deadpan scam artist reluctant to be in the plot very well.
As always Polanski's direction is a fun dive into a world through the point of view of the main protagonist.
It probably does not make a lot of sense. The stakes are quite low and the female character is just another silly element.
This movie talks to me and gives a strange tongue in cheek sense of wonder.
Schöner Klassiker von Roman Polanski. Nicht sein bester Film aber bei weitem auch nicht sein schlechtester. Gute Rolle von Jonny Depp
The Ninth Gate is cheesy and silly but somewhat entertaining, known rapist Polanski sees a young Johnny Depp mumbling through and completely wastes Frank Langella.
A bad script that surmounts to a painful last thirty minutes.
ist ein Mystery Thriller mit Elementen eines klassischen Film Noir in dem Johnny Depp die Hauptrolle spielt und Hollywoods liebster Kiddieficker Roman Polanski Regie führte. Er basiert lose auf dem Roman "The Club Dumas", den ich nicht gelesen habe und erfreute sich in 1999, dem Jahr seiner Erstausstrahlung, nicht allzu großer Beliebtheit. So viel zu den trockenen Fakten. Während Ninth Gate nie ein großer Hit war und generell nicht zu Polanskis stärkeren Filmen gezählt wird, gehört er im weitesten Sinne zu den Filmen, die eine gewisse Kult-Fanbase haben, nicht zuletzt aufgrund seiner Beleibtheit bei Verschwörungstheoretikern, die er unter anderem auch mit Stanley Kubricks (meiner Ansicht nach doch deutlich besserem) Eyes Wide Shut teilt. Während Ninth Gate zwar meiner Ansicht nach…
I probably shouldn't be surprised that my two favorite movies about the devil come from a filmmaker who probably knows him better than most people.
So... where can I buy a copy of these?
All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…