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The Ninth Gate
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.
Looking Back at Polanski's The Ninth Gate
For those with an interest in seeing a dinner-theater version of ''Eyes Wide Shut,'' then look no further. Roman Polanski's ''Ninth Gate,'' with its wizened decadence -- Darius Khondji's velveteen cinematography looks as if it came out of Rembrandt's Fotomat -- and its tired stabs at comedy, is calling your name. Frank Langella, wearing a hairpiece that is most assuredly from the Stygian depths of Hell, is Boris Balkan, a wealthy and therefore evil collector of Devil-inspired antiquities who hires Dean Corso Johnny Depp , a weedy rogue book dealer, to locate a volume called ''The Nine Gates. You can tell that Corso is a rebel kind of book dealer: he smokes as he pores over vintage tomes and he doesn't wear gloves to keep his skin oils from the delicate pages. Balkan hires Corso to find the volume that will unlock the Nine Gates.
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Sign in. A rare book dealer, while seeking out the last two copies of a demon text, gets drawn into a conspiracy with supernatural overtones.
Roman Polanski will always be associated with the devil. Sometimes the universe comes together in a bad way. Polanski exiled himself from America after committing a sinister act, probably as a result of the trauma he endured after the slaughter of his wife and unborn child. He has never shied away from horror in his films. Johnny Depp stars as a man descending into evil as easily as he would slip into a hot bath. It is part of a very exclusive subgenre in film, the Satanic Detective Movie, of which there is only one other, Angel Heart. Fallen , starring Denzel Washington is a satanic cop movie, although it shares some noir trademarks.