Analysis of The Ninth GateSource: 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.