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The Ninth Gate (1999)

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A rare book dealer, while seeking out the last two copies of a demon text, gets drawn into a conspiracy with supernatural overtones.

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Old Man's Son
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Catherine Benguigui ...
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Storyline

In New York, the money-driven dealer Dean Corso is a rare-books expert and partner of Bernie, who owns a bookstore. He is contacted by the renowned collector of books about the devil Boris Balkan, who has just acquired the rare The Nine Gates of the Kingdom of Shadows from the collector Andrew Telfer, to verify whether his book is authentic or a forgery. Balkan explains that the book was written by the writer Aristide Torchia, in 1666, with Lucifer and he was burned at the stake with his entire work. There are only three exemplars of The Nine Gates and in accordance with the legend, its nine engravings form a riddle to conjure the devil. The skeptical Corso accepts the assignment and has to fly to Sintra, Portugal, and Paris, France, to contact the owners Victor Fargas and Baroness Kessler and find the genuine exemplar for Balkan. Meanwhile, he asks Bernie to hide the rare book. Before traveling to Europe, the widow Liana Telfer wants to retrieve the book and has sex with Corso, but ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Every book has a life of its own... See more »

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Rated R for some violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 March 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La última puerta  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,622,518 (USA) (10 March 2000)

Gross:

$18,653,746 (USA) (19 May 2000)
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The car that Corso and The Girl drive in France is a Dodge Viper. The model name is Viper (a venomous serpent) as Lucifer in Genesis was depicted and the car itself is painted red, a fitting color for the devil. See more »

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When Corso returns to the Book Sellers, and finds the missing page from the book as it falls from atop the old bookcase, in the first shot, it is entirely gray with years of dust, as it floats to the floor. When he picks it up seconds later, it is completely clean on both sides. See more »

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[first lines]
Dean Corso: It's an impressive collection. You have some very rare editions here. Are you sure you want to sell them all?
Old Man's Son: They're of no use to father. Not anymore. Not since he's been this way. His library was his whole world. Now it's just a painful memory.
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References MASH (1970) See more »

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Havanaire
by Camille Saint-Saëns
Published by The Boston Music Company - Boston Mass.
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Best Polanski in years...
29 November 1999 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Granted, I'm slightly biased since I happen to love Mr. Polanski's work, but this film was really good. It kind of built in a slow, very menacing way and had an intelligent plot, only fully concluded until you're out of the cinema. As usual with the demanding master, the performances are first class, specially Langella and Depp. Here comes a brief summary of the highlights in my opinion:

Brilliant cinematography by the talented Darius Khondji (of Se7en fame).

The most original title sequence I've seen this side of Bond.

Also listen closely to Wojchiech Kilars (of Dracula fame) absolutely brilliant score. So light, and yet so heavy and menacing. Very un-Hollywood.

It definetly puts Polanski back into the game again. Now if they'd only let him back into the states so we could get

a new Chinatown.....


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