The Ninth Gate is another great movie from Roman Polanski. You get the feeling that this man is somehow acquainted with the devil. There are a few movies that are not only just about occult and mysterious shit, but the movies themselves are considered imbued with a strange vibe. Rosemary’s Baby is one of those movies, also directed by Roman. Argento’s Suspiria is another example and if you want more recent entries check out Ben Wheatley’s Kill List. The Ninth Gate is not a classical “devil on the earth” movie like End Of Days. Loosely based upon Arturo Pérez-Reverte’s 1993 novel The Club Dumas, it’s more atmospheric, occult and ultimately more plausible. However, in all this satanic haze, movie never managed to develop into something more. I love the satanic The Ninth Gate [1999] Movie Review Recommendation Posterhaze as much as the next guy, but give some pulp Satan damnit! It’s like foreplay with dressed Monica Belluci. Luckily, noir vibe and mystery surrounding this book kept the movie going.

Corso, rare book dealer, is hired to obtain the last copies of an ancient book apparently written by the Devil himself. This journey will take him to some strange places and very dangerous situations. Great cast, great directing and big budget allowed this movie to be very interesting without any hype and special effects, with the focus firmly placed on the story. The biggest problem with this movie is its pacing. Polanski hoped that all the mystery surrounding the book will help with this, but that didn’t happen (at least for me). The strangest thing about The Ninth Gate is that it can be different things to different people. If you want to delve deeper into the mystery, there are a couple of concepts that Polanski used here and if you analyze them, you just might open the ninth gate…

PS Instead of telling you what they are, I think it’s best you find them yourselves. Just pay attention to the people surrounding the book and their interactions, never losing track of the most important element here: Devil.

Director: Roman Polanski

Cast: Johnny Depp, Frank Langella, Lena Olin, Emmanuelle Seigner, James Russo

Fun Facts: The book of the nine gates, they say was written in 1666.


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