Saturday, June 04, 2005

Overlooked Movies: The Ninth Gate


"I can only look at religion with a certain dose of irony, because I'm not a religious person. And of course, sex and religion, they're always connected. Each religion has some sort of hangup about sex." -Roman Polanski

This week's movie of the week is Roman Polanski's, The Ninth Gate.

Based on the book The Club Dumas, written by Arturo Perez-Reverte. Dean Corso, a somewhat sleazy rare book dealer, is hired by a mysterious patron who has just come into possession of one of the only three copies of The Nine Gates of the Kingdom of
Shadows (a 17th century occult text said to give its owner unimaginable power). The man hires Corso to track down the other two copies and compare them to his, but complications - both natural and supernatural - arise at every turn.

Watch the trailer here:

Fun Trivia:
The two booksellers Corso encounters in Toledo are actually the same actor. Polanski used a motion capture rig to use the same actor twice.

 The voice of one of the Ceniza twins (Pedro Ceniza) is dubbed by Roman Polanski himself.

The keypad combination to Boris Balkan's penthouse office and to his private library is "666".

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

The little girl that stares at Corso at the Paris Airport is played by Roman Polanski's daughter Morgan.

When Dean Corso meets Boris Balkin for the first time, a crewmember is reflected in the library window.

Fun Quotes:
Boris Balkan: Nothing is more reliable than a man whose loyalties can be bought with hard cash.

Baroness Kessler: My latest work, The Devil: History and Myth - a kind of biography. It will be published next year.
Dean Corso: Why the devil?
Baroness Kessler: [laughs] I saw him one day. I was fifteen years old, and I saw him as plain as I see you now; cutaway, top hat, cane. Very elegant, very handsome. It was love at first sight.

Woman: What do you plan to do if you see them?
Dean Corso: Probably hide behind you.


Four stars all the way, one of my favorite movies and an amazing book.


Video Zeta One said...

Not for those with ADD - long, drawn out, slow, plodding,... you get the point.

I love both Polanski and Depp, so I thought it was a sure bet. I was oh so wrong.

Anonymous said...

Ive seen this movie quite a few times now and notice something new with every viewing. Its up there amidst my favorite movies. But yes if you don't have the patience to sit and watch the whole thing AND pay attention, the movie is probably not for you. Even so, I always suggest to anyone, that if they ever get the chance, they should see this movie.