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The Ninth Gate

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The Ninth Gate

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
125 minutes
performer:
Johnny Depp, Frank Langella, Lena Olin
director:
Roman Polanski
distributor:
Artisan Entertainment
author:
Roman Polanski
genre:
Mystery and Thriller, Drama

We gave it a D+

Roman Polanski’s effete supernatural yarn about a cagey rare-book dealer (Johnny Depp) tormented by catastrophes while tracking down books about the Devil for a collector (Frank Langella) gives off the aroma of art-house Euro-rot, a whiff of decay and hauteur. And, like pages falling out of an old tome, the movie comes unglued slowly, while Polanski indulges his taste for creepy voluptuousness.