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The Ninth Gate (1999)

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Commentary 1: Director Roman Polanski Rating:7.8/10 (5 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by The Cubist on October 31st, 2006:Find all reviews by The Cubist
For legal reasons Polanski canít set foot in America so, he explains how they used a combination of rear projection plates, clever set design with sets to create the illusion of the opening scenes taking place in New York City. He says that Johnny Depp was his first choice to play Corso but had reservations about the actorís age (his character was supposed to be older) so he had him grow a goatee and add a hint of white to his temples. Polanski touches upon the source material and how it was initially considered unfilmable because of its numerous subplots and secondary characters. He read a draft that got him interested but after reading the book he decided to rework the screenplay with John Brownjohn. The director does a decent job covering many aspects of his film (set direction, costumes, acting, cinematography and locations) and how they contribute to his vision. He speaks methodically and with a noticeable accent but eloquently and in a way that is always understandable.