While munching on a rum nougat See’s Candy, celebrating between Valentine’s and St Patrick’s Day, I realized that I figured out the film The Ninth Gate by Roman Polanski. The film is running along the same lines as The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri, A puzzle or a comedy of divine proportions. A mockery of a contemporary world filled with greed, power, money and materialism.
A savvy book dealer, a Professor who wants to summons the Devil for power to control his own destiny, and all the other characters that enhance this mockery play a handsome part in this film. A strange and delightful film with a bewildering soundtrack. A slow-moving film that is very film Noir.
Who is that strange otherworldly female with green eyes with a trace of darkness calling up our shadows to an evil agency? This is not the case. She is a protector, witness and watcher. She is illustrated in a book and mocks the pages of this strange book. Almost similar to a strange cosmic comic book character.
The film is all about a book or are there three books? Maybe only three remain because the rest of the books were destroyed and burned with the author during the Inquisition. That time and place in history where any folk’s tale or ancient religion was destroyed by the Catholic Church of greed, power, money and materialism. Are you catching the karma of this film? It is a Divine Comedy! The game is to solve this riddle.
The Nine Gates to the Kingdom of Shadows, written by Aristide Torchia, Venice 1666 is the strange book that everyone seems to want to have. Yet the joke is on those that pursue it for the wrong reason. A book of magic is a book of alchemists and witchcraft. An ancient tradition almost killed off by the Inquisition and more indirectly by our wonderful religious patriarchs.
That “castle and the ninth gate” is a mystery to some. Enlightenment is a strange woman I assume. A witch that protects and shows the way. No Devil just a simple woman with the power of her sexuality. This is strangely hidden and what is so powerfully impressive about this film is that she shows us the key to the ninth gate. Silence, wisdom and patience are the protectors of enlightenment.