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
At the beginning of the movie when Dean Corso is travelling to the airport, the number shown on the top of the taxi is 6X67 (1667) the year Torchia was burned at the stake for writing the Nine Gates of the Kingdom of Shadows. See more »
While showing off his collection to Corso, Fargas presents a
"Dictionaire Infernal" by Jacques Collin de Plancy, which he says is a first edition from 1844. The first edition of this influential encyclopedia on superstition appeared in 1818, but its sixth edition, published in 1863, is prized for its illustrations, including 72 drawings of demons. The copy Fargas holds has a title page that is from the 1863 edition. See more »
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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I just got finished reading some of the other threads that discuss this
movie. They ranged from the angst ridden youth spouting off about how
was no action, to those who truly loved this movie. I know that this
is practically 5 years old, but this is one of my favorite movies of all
time. I am an avid horror fan. I love everything from slasher movies to
the silent films from the 1920's. I admit, when I saw this movie in the
theater, I was very disappointed. I think I was expecting some whiz-bang
battle with the devil at the end, and for those of you who've seen this
flick you know that this is not how it ends. Now, almost 5 years later,
own and watch this film very frequently. Now that I have seen this movie
numerous times, I can appreciate the creepy atmosphere and the deep
storyline. I have even said to myself "How could they have ended this
differently in a way that I would be completely satisfied (other than the
way they did)?" I couldn't answer that question. For those who have
seen this once, take the time to watch it again with different
I know that there are some who will never like this movie, To each
own, but I am very glad that I took the time to see this one again
as it stands now, it will have a locked spot in my top
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