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Thursday, November 10, 2005

Analysis of The Ninth Gate

DVDSource: Dark Discussion

The first time I saw it, 'The Ninth Gate' intrigued me, but until I began to look seriously at its symbolism, I had no idea of what a highly unusual film it actually is. In my opinion it's one of a kind because it has done something that no other movie that I'm aware of has attempted. When I first decided to try to decipher the symbolism of the engravings which appear in the film, I wasn't sure how deep it would go or how internally consistent it would be but what I discovered went far beyond anything I had expected.

Indyrod over at Dark Discussion posted a link to an interesting analysis of Roman Polanski's The Ninth Gate, dissecting its use of symbolism. It's a pretty weighty article and not one that I would recommend to casual viewers, but fans of the film who are interested in engaging with the film beyond a surface reading (how snooty did that sound?) might get something out of it. Be warned, though, that there is a lot of superstitious nonsense to trawl through that may be a bit off-putting.

Read on...


  • To be honest, this doesn't surprise me at all (although I inwardly groan every time Frank Langella emphatically taps "6-6-6" into that keypad).

    Polanski obviously takes his occult seriously (or playfully, in Rosemary's Baby, but even in that we side with the Satanists pretty much every step of the way). Anton Lavey claims to have been a "technical advisor" on that film (though pretty much everybody else denies this).

    By Anonymous, at 09:23  

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