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Actors: Johnny Depp, Lena Olin, Frank Langella, Emmanuelle Seigner, James Russo

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THE NINTH GATE is a movie co-written, produced and directed by Roman Polanski in 1999. Based on Arturo Pérez-Reverte novel "The Club Dumas". Polanski won for this movie the Outstanding European Achievement in World Cinema award at the 1999 European Film Awards.
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Johnny Depp is a well-known rare book dealer without scruples. One day, he is asked by Frank Langella, an extremely wealthy book collector, to compare Langella's copy of "The Nine Gates of the Kingdom of Shadows" to the two sole other copies still existing in the world. As soon as Johnny Depp has accepted the job, he has the feeling to be observed. By a young woman - Emmanuelle Seigner - who has the strange ability to vanish very quickly when approached and by the boyfriend of Lena Olin, the widow of Telfer, another collector who sold "The Nine Gates" to Frank Langella just before hanging himself. Olin even tries to seduce Johnny Depp in order to have the book back.

Johnny Depp flies to Spain, Portugal and France and compares the three books. He notices that each book is different from the others, their illustrations being signed alternatively by the author and by LCF - Lucifer. Meanwhile, both owners of the precious books are murdered and Johnny Depp is saved at several occasions by the appropriate apparition of Emmanuelle Seigner who seems to have the mission to protect him.

A very good Polanski movie in yellow and brown tones.
The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler



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Plot & Themes

Time/Era of Movie:    -   1980's-1999 Technology/treasure/info search    -   Yes involving:    -   valuable art    -   magical artifact

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   small businessman Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Spain    -   France City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York    -   wealthy Misc setting    -   fancy mansion    -   resort/hotel    -   moving train    -   building    -   castle    -   cave

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   gory visuals of deaths Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   seeing breasts    -   seeing nude female butt    -   sex under blankets Kind of violence:    -   karate chop    -   hand to hand    -   guns Unusual forms of death    -   asphyxiation    -   hanging    -   flamed    -   drowned    -   perforation--bullets Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing Is this movie based on a    -   book

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