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Re: [sl] Ninth gate

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  • Barry Carroll
    yeah-- ninth gate is a stinker any reference to magic squares is just window dressing. this film was not put together by initiates. B
    Message 1 of 3 , May 11, 2003
      yeah--
      ninth gate is a stinker
      any reference to magic squares is just window dressing.
      this film was not put together by initiates.
      B
      At 06:45 PM 5/8/03 +0900, you wrote:
      >Hi Dan and all, I know you posted about the cube but I'll get to that in a
      >later post. This Sunday I watched Roman Polanski's "Ninth Gate". Have you
      >seen it? While being one of Polanski's weirder movies-- for such a talented
      >director his portrayal of the devil just plain sucks. I mean, the final
      >scenes are putrid with their bad lighting shots and stock background fire
      >footage. Ugh. However, on the up side of things, it hints obscurely at a
      >Satanic magic square of Saturn. Check out the ending when--without giving
      >away the plot--a three-by-three grid of images are put together "in the name
      >of the devil". I listened closely to the numbers he calls out as he lays
      >the images down but here Polanski and those guys don't appear to know jack
      >as they just don't add up. Here's a tip: the "ninth gate" is the ninth part
      >of the square--said in some literature on the matter to be stations or
      >"gates". See, for example, the Taoist use of magic squares, not to mention
      >the kameas of the planets.
      >
      >Lastly, the whole final scene with this magic square in it occurs framed
      >within the confines of a huge towering vesica piscis entryway. Very
      >suggestive to those with eyes to see.
      >
      >So, on the whole: the movie ranks with the worst of them, but someone on the
      >script team appears to have done their homework. I don't know how the
      >numbers of this square got screwed up though.
      >
      >-Chris
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