[17] In his review for The New York Times, Elvis Mitchell said the movie was "about as scary as a sock-puppet re-enactment of The Blair Witch Project, and not nearly as funny".

He finds the old man murdered and the "LCF"-signed engravings ripped out of that copy and the book half burned. This difference is not shown in the movie? Telfer's widow Liana seduces Corso, in a failed attempt to get the book back.

It was suspenseful, funny, and there were a great number of secondary characters that are tremendously cinematic".

Corso observes him barbecuing for a few moments before taking pity on Boris and putting a bullet into his head as he leaves the castle seeing the turets ablaze and makes love with the mysterious lady (an agent of hell, perhaps?)

Corso meets with wealthy book collector Boris Balkan, who has recently acquired a copy of The Nine Gates of the Kingdom of Shadows by 17th-century author Aristide Torchia, one of only three extant copies.

That way she can have a passage between hell and earth. By chance, he finds there the authentic ninth engraving. He completes the ritual and crosses through the Ninth Gate into the light.

Corso travels to Sintra, Portugal, to compare Victor Fargas' copy of the book to Balkan's.

Outside, the Girl appears and has sex with him by the light of the burning castle, her eyes and face seeming to change as she writhes on top of Corso.

The pictures are actually instructions as to what to do and must be enacted. As the camera cuts to a close-up, the bag is suddenly a yard away from him, on the ground.

The hero, Carso, is by now obsessed with the same goal for himself of devil's servant or partner.

No comparison in movie (?)

Seem to recall that Carso bit him. anyway but it would be greatly improved by showing and explaining He spread all three versions randomly(?) Man hung by leg on rope plus sword of flames.

He fails since one of the pages is fake. He was wrong but why did he not burn himself immediately?

Depp said, "It's the director's job to push, to provoke things out of an actor". Let us look at a description of all nine pictures with Balkan's explanation, the differences defining the real from the false, the actual enactments, plus our comments. Dog fight might be Carso and the albino black guy? The copies had slight differences to the originals and were initialled AT instead of LCF. Man crouched over open sack full of coins with Death standing by, waiting to be paid?

The authentic ninth page was in the twin brothers' bookstore, on top of an old shelf. Period. You can make them appear serious on the surface, but you cannot help but laugh at them. [4], Polanski approached the subject skeptically, saying, "I don't believe in the occult.

Carso beats albino (to death?) The premiere showing was at San Sebastián, Spain, on 25 August 1999, a month before the 47th San Sebastian International Film Festival. The original book written by the devil is not available and the book, "The Nine Gates of the Kingdom of Shadows" by Aristede Torchia (spelling not absolutely certain and hereafter referred to as 'A.T.')

[4] Pérez-Reverte's novel, El Club Dumas features intertwined plots, so Polanski wrote his own adaptation with his usual partner, John Brownjohn (Tess, Pirates and Bitter Moon). Beyond that, José López Rodero additionally played the two nameless workmen that Corso encounters at the end of the film, meaning that Rodero played four digital-effect roles in this movie. Corso escapes and later is assaulted by Liana's bodyguard.

The difference between the sixth The final illustration is enacted by him and the (unnamed) girl (a servant of the devil). (he is low, sitting). I enjoyed the film until the ending and it seemed to fall flat because I didn't understand it. the illustrations better so the audience get the shock of realization The Girl appears floating in the air and rescues Corso. Maybe the drink he took at the start of his 'ritual' was some potent drug that temporarily masked the pain? The film's main theme is loosely based upon Havanaise, for violin and orchestra, by Camille Saint-Saëns;[12] some of the score has a vocalization (specifically, a melodic aria) by Korean soprano Sumi Jo. After driving for a while, he tells the cab driver to pull over to the phone booth. [13] A soundtrack album was released on 16 November 1999 via Silva Screen label. [8], The film press reported, around the time of the North American release of The Ninth Gate, creative friction between Depp and Polanski. Corso returns to the castle and the scene of Boris' demise and passes through the doors...entering the gates of Hell... Continuity mistake: As Corso leaves Quinta Fargas, he barely dodges a speeding car aiming to ram him.

Close up comparison of face of kneeling person but no difference as Carso is looking at the two identical copies and does not yet have the true one.

Similarly, In a library, Carso looks at her picture then looks up to see her on a balcony - another hint, if only one was expecting or looking for a hint. Note that it would be impossible from the movie alone to work all these out - even on home video with freeze frame let alone in the cinema with sometimes only half a second to glimpse some of the pictures!

on floor with gun butt.

through the three copies of his own book so each book would have some authentic and some false illustrations. A bunch of buffoons, in fancy dress. Yet the kneeling man is in the phony copies? Never.

Corso retrieves the book from a hidden cabinet and travels to Toledo, Spain. Well, it is a fantasy. The plot involves authenticating a rare and ancient book that purportedly contains a magical secret for summoning the Devil. A question mark signifies doubt difference of a halo on the man striking the praying man, whilst [18] Entertainment Weekly rated the film "D+", and Lisa Schwarzbaum said it had an "aroma of middle-brow, art-house Euro-rot, a whiff of decay and hauteur in a film not even a star as foxed, and foxy, as Johnny Depp, himself, could save".

[20] In the Village Voice, J. Hoberman said the film was "barely releasable hokum, stuffed with cheesy blah-blah". The biggest mistakes in the Fast & Furious movies, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets mistake picture, The biggest mistakes in the Harry Potter movies, 25 mistakes you never noticed in great movies, The 20 biggest mistakes in The Wizard of Oz, 40 biggest mistakes in The Big Bang Theory, More questions & answers from The Ninth Gate. Emmanuelle Seigner, who is playing 'the girl,' is actually the wife of the director Roman Polanski. There are a lot of question marks. Corso pursues Balkan to a remote castle, depicted in one of the engravings, and finds Balkan preparing the final ritual. Dean follows Balkan by car until he breaks down into a river, despite this he picks up Balkan's trail back to an ancient castle where Balkan attempts to gain power with the nine pages. movie but with an extremely disappointing ending.

"[5] Yet he enjoyed the genre. [21] European reviews were generally more attentive and praised the film's pace and irony. So the best you can hope for is to grasp the main intent... Firstly, it has to be said that while one could understand someone being deceived into serving the devil it does seem absurdly foolish for anyone to deliberately, consciously, and knowingly, sell their soul and expect everlasting happiness and goodness to come from the source of absolute evil and suffering. Answer: Lucifer was also known as the morning star. Carso gets this 9th illustration then walks through the gate pointed to in the picture and lives happily ever after in hell - the source of all joy and goodness?

Corso is assaulted from behind and when he comes to his senses he finds that the Baroness Kessler is strangled and the library in flames. As well as, the foregoing, Balkan indicates in his final scenes that mere possession of the illustrations, while (probably) vital, is not enough. [14] On Metacritic it has a score of 44% based on reviews from 30 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". At first, the Baroness refuses to cooperate, but Corso intrigues her with evidence that the engravings differ among the three copies. The next morning, a mysterious young woman (identified only as "the Girl") who appears to have been shadowing Corso since Balkan hired him, awakens Corso and leads him to Fargas' house. Blondie takes over and leads them down sone stone stairs whereupon Dean flings him down the steps and batters him to death with a shoe before pocketing his gun.

Girl makes love to carso in front of burning castle then later goes through gate to fulfil enactment whereas Balkan (enacting the false copy) starts fire and does not use gate. She later leaves him a note where the true ninth illustration is. The villain, Balkan, failed because he didn't have the authentic 9th illustration. King playing chess with servant and black dog fighting/biting at white dog.

"There [are] a great number of clichés of this type in The Ninth Gate, which I tried to turn around a bit. Very good and enjoyable

Trivia: Probably the most impressive visual effect in this film is when Corso consults the twin brothers Pablo and Pedro Ceniza (rare book experts). Starring: Emmanuelle Seigner, Frank Langella, Johnny Depp, Lena Olin, Genres: Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller.

The seventh engraving also has the The twins probably had the expertise and were likely in league with the devil themselves.

Balkan performs his summoning ritual: he arranges the engravings on a makeshift altar, and recites a series of phrases related to each of the nine engravings.

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