The Ninth Gate
Johnny Depp stars as Dean Corso, an unscrupulous rare-book dealer who is hired to locate the last remaining copies of The Nine Gate of the Shadow Kingdom, a demonic manuscript that can summon the Devil. Corso becomes embroiled in a conspiracy involving murder, theft and satanic ritual, and ultimately finds himself confronting the devil incarnate.
Director: Roman Polanski
Cast: Johnny Depp, Frank Langella, Lena Olin, Emmanuelle Seigner, Barbara Jefford, Jack Taylor, James Russo
Awards & Nominations:
2001 ACADEMY OF SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY & HORROR FILMS:
Saturn Award, Best Home Video Release (Nominated)
1999 EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS:
Outstanding European Achievement in World Cinema: Roman Polanski (also for his entire body of work) (Won)
2001 MOTION PICTURE SOUND EDITORS:
Golden Reel Award, Best Sound Editing, Foreign Feature: Laurent Quaglio, Katia Boutin (Nominated)
2001 WORLD STUNT AWARDS:
Taurus Award, Best Fire Work: Jean-Pierre Suchet (Nominated)
ABOUT THIS MOVIE
(Compiled by blackcat)
Quotes from Johnny Depp:
"Working with Polanski was a very intriguing experience. He's really out there. It wasn't an easy movie to make, especially because Polanski is very strict in his directing. But he is a fantastic man, very fascinating. He is very intelligent, very funny and he knows a lot about culture. But he also is very stubborn. He's a bit rigid, you know. After working with Polanski, working with Burton felt like an exorcism. I was tortured. Don't get me wrong, I found it very pleasant to work with Polanski, but he and Tim are just two different directors."
"There was a close-up where I had to kiss her (Emmanuelle Seigner) and Polanski was standing behind the camera, at exactly ten centimetres distance. I was looking at him and I was saying to myself, 'Is this thing gonna end up in a love triangle?' (laughs) I was about to kiss Emmanuelle and I thought this was gonna be a group kiss! And there's Polanski telling you (changes his voice perfectly imitating the director's heavy polish-french accent) 'Take it easy, Johnny, there's nothing wrong. You are actors, it doesn't matter".
"If you took Rosemary's Baby and Chinatown and mixed them together, it would be this movie. It's a thriller and it's supernatural and it's another character who's not a particularly nice guy. He's a greed machine."
The Express Saturday Magazine
"It was not an easy film to make. Roman is pretty set in his ways. There's not much opportunity for discussion or collaboration... He was definitely a bit too rigid for my liking... I'd heard Roman could be extremely rigid and he was, but he never actually tried to give me line readings. If he had, I'd probably still be in jail."
Quotes from others:
"It's rare that you find such a good looking man with his abilities, his physique is his greatest asset - it's almost a teenager's body, in fact. Those delicate hands, a musician's handshake... and this puerile streak in him. You look at him sometimes and think, 'How old are you?'"
"Johnny has an extraordinary and spontaneous way of giving his own rhythm to a character. It seems quite natural for him, and you never feel like he's making any effort whatsoever. It's almost fascinating, because he comes on the set and does his thing almost casually, which doesn't prevent him from being very accurate. His work was brilliant, because the Corso you see on the screen is exactly the one I had in mind before hiring Johnny."
Interview with Caroline Vie
"Really, (Johnny) smokes too much. I once said to him, 'You should stop,' and he replied, 'Why stop something I do so well?'"