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In the underrated Polanski movie The Ninth Gate, Jonny Depp plays Corso, a dodgy antique book dealer, who is hired by Balkan, a rich collector, to verify the authenticity of a rare dark book, The Nine Gates of the Kingdom of Shadows.

In the course of his quest, Corso is impeded by Tefler, the wife of the book's original owner, who wants to retrieve it to perform some satanic rites. During the quest, there are many acts of violence and murder, but Liana Tefler's team doesn't seem capable of committing them all, nor do they have the opportunity.

So, who commits the killings and what is their purpose?

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It wasn't THAT underrated. :p – JohnP Jan 28 '14 at 18:12
I think you mean satanic instead of static. – druciferre Mar 31 '14 at 0:32
@druciferre Good spot, thanks. – matt_black Mar 31 '14 at 20:49
@druciferre: To be fair, the rights are used globally... – Andrew Martin Mar 31 '14 at 20:53

The murders are all committed by Balkan to retrieve all the books for himself, so that he can perform the rite.

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Do you have any links or references to back this up? Or maybe better (more in depth) analysis of why you think this? – Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 Dec 29 '13 at 17:24
If Liana Tefler didn't kill them, then the only other explanation I can find is that Balkan is the killer. After all he was following Corso. – memnonila Dec 30 '13 at 9:57
It makes sense, he was the one looking to collect the nine engravings, he was the one who had them (or what he thought were them) in the end. He killed anyone he perceived as a threat or an obstacle, including Telfer onscreen. – user8391 Mar 29 '14 at 20:52
The book has a second plot involving the verification of the authenticity of a chapter of the manuscript of the Three Musketeers (hence the novel's name "The Club Dumas"), but the crimes in the parts of the novel that were used for the film were committed by (or at the behest of) Balkan. – Michael Stern Apr 3 '14 at 13:51

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