The Ninth Gate

An authority on rare books is drawn into a confrontation with the forces of darkness in this thriller directed by Roman Polanski.
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Ⅵ. Sixth Gate "I enrich myself with death"    A hanged man, similar to that of the Tarot, his  hands behind his back, hung by one foot from  the crenellation of the wall surrounding a castle,  next to a closed postern gate. A hand clad in a  gauntlet brandishes a burning sword from a loophole.

Woodcut Engraving from The Ninth Gate "I enrich myself with death" by Aristide Torchia

Ⅸ. Ninth Gate "I know now that th shadows comefrom the light"    A seven-headed dragon is ridden by a naked woman.  She holds an open book and a half mn concals her  genitals. In the background, a castle is in flames,  its door,as on the other eight plates, is closed.

The Ninth Gate: occult and tarot-like symbolism in the engravings by Aristide Torchia and Lucifer, plus wider meanings of the movie

Ⅳ. Fourth Gate "Chance is not the same for all"    A jester before a stone maze. The entrance is  closed by a door. Three diceon the ground each  reveal three of their faces, showing the numbers  1,2,and 3.

Fourth Gate "Chance is not the same for all" A jester before a stone maze. Three diceon the ground each reveal three of their faces, showing the numbers

Ⅷ. Eighth Gate "Virture is conquered"    Before the fortified walls of a town, a kneeling  woman offers her neck to the executioner. In the  background, a wheel of fortune with three people  on it-one at the summit, another climbing and  another descending.

The Ninth Gate: occult and tarot-like symbolism in the engravings by Aristide Torchia and Lucifer, plus wider meanings of the movie

Ⅰ. First Gate "Silence is golden"    A knight rides through a fortified town.  With his finger on his lips, he counsels  prudence or silence.

First Gate "Silence is golden" A knight rides through a fortified town. With his finger on his lips, he counsels prudence or silence.

Ⅶ. Seventh Gate "The disciple outshines the master"    A king and a begger play chess on a chess board  with white squares. The moon can be seen through  the window. Beneath this and next to a closed  door, two dogs are fighting.

Seventh Gate "The disciple outshines the master" A king and a begger play chess on a chess board with white squares. Beneath this and next to a closed door, two dogs are fighting.

Ⅴ. Fifth Gate "In Vain"    A miser, or a merchant, counts his gold pieces.  Behind him, Death holds an hourglass in one  hand and a fork in the other.

Fifth Gate "In Vain" A miser, or a merchant, counts his gold pieces. Behind him, Death holds an hourglass in one hand and a fork in the other.

Ⅲ. Third Gate "Wasted breath keeps a secret"    A vagrant, or a pilgrim, heads towards a bridge  which spans a river. At each end, a fortified  door bars access. On a cloud, a bowman aims in  the direction of the road leading to the bridge.

Third Gate "Wasted breath keeps a secret" A vagrant, or a pilgrim, heads towards a bridge which spans a river. At each end, a fortified door bars access. On a cloud, a bowman aims in the direction of the road leading to the bridge.

Ⅱ. Second Gate "Open that which is closed"    A hermit befre closed door. A lantern on the  ground and two keys in his hand. Next to him,  a sign that resembles the Hebrew letter Teth.

Second Gate "Open that which is closed" A hermit befre closed door. Next to him, a sign that resembles the Hebrew letter Teth.

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