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With a script drawn from Spanish author Arturo Perez Reverte's quirky "Le Club Dumas", "The Ninth Gate" is the Faustian tale of an unscrupulous New York dealer in rare books (played with tactful understatement and curiosity by Johnny Depp) commissioned by secretive tycoon and rare book collector Boris Balkan (played to the hilt by Frank Langella, who nearly steals the show)to authenticate his copy of the Nine Gates to the Kingdom of Shadows (De Umbrarum Regni Novem Portis).
That innocent-sounding assignment isn't nearly as easy as it sounds. For one thing, there are three copies of the demonic tome, printed by a 17th century Venetian bookbinder (later burned at the stake for his troubles) and reputedly capable of summoning Satan; Balkan wants Corso to examine the two other volumes (one in Spain, the other in Paris) and determine which is the forgery.
Another complication lies with Balkan's book: its previous owner hanged himself shortly after selling his volume to Balkan, and his wealthy widow (played by a supple and cat-like Lena Olin) wants it back. And if that weren't enough, as Corso is drawn deeper into the mystery, those around him begin to die horribly and mysteriously.Read more ›
was i pleasantly surprised.the performances were excellent, the music
was perfect for the film. Depp gives an understated performance which
kept me riveted for the whole movie.Frank Langella is brilliantly cast
as the bad guy.Emmanuaelle Seigner was particularly effective as the
mysterious girl who always seems to show up where Depp's character,
Dean Corso happens to be to lend a helping hand. but of course all is
not as it seems, as the ending reveals.the ending reveals just enough
to tease the viewer.i can find no fault with this movie.many people
complained about the ending, but i thought the ending was as it should
be, leaving the viewer to wonder what might happen next, which was, i
think the point.all of the deaths in the movie were very creepy and
eerie.i had not seen a Polanski movie before,but he really impressed me
with this effort.I have watched this movie several times and loved it
each time.to those people who hated this movie, all i can say is"to
each their own"and maybe it is an acquired taste.this movie is
definitely in my top ten.
"The Ninth Gate" works great as a detective story, which is really what it is more a horror film. Johnny Depp, my favorite actor hands down, takes us on a bizarrely fascinating journey through Portugal and France hoping to track down two of the three remaining copies of a book apparantly written by Satan himself during the Middle Ages. Along the way, we watch him being followed and see some suspicious setbacks occur, along with his dealings with his employer, a millionaire Satanist by the name of Boris Balkan.
The good things I have to say about this film: first, the directing is fantastic, atmospheric and spellbinding. You will be totally immersed in the goings-on of this film, in spite of its numerous quiet and thoughtful moments and overall slow-moving nature. The European location work is gorgeous ... we see some beautiful and sinister cities, castles, and countrysides. The movie looks and feels great.Read more ›
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great movie with great story and wonderful actors ,quite uncanny and i love itPublished 9 months ago by Eric Woodall
I hated the old Mr. Depp movies. But his new ones (yes to an extent even pirates) have gotten better.Published on Sept. 25 2013 by Geordie A.
Definitely a European made movie with Johnny Depp, but an excellent but rather dark storyline. Lots of twists and turns with the plot, and never a dull moment for Depp's character.Published on Nov. 27 2012 by T. Trent
je trouve interressant de commenté ce produit car je suis fans de johnny depp et plusieur autre acteur que j'ai en filmographie dans mes dossiersPublished on Jan. 7 2010 by Renaudtremblay
I would have put 5 stars on this dvd, cause it's a treat for the eyes. The problem? Product description says it has the French version on it...BUT DOES NOT!!!Published on Oct. 16 2008 by David
The language for that movie it only in english not english and french or multilanguage as they say but that DVD movie discription for the language is false I pay for one movie but... Read morePublished on April 19 2008 by Fernand Auclair