The film is slow, cagey, and sporadic. Unlike like the cleverness or charm of other films handling the issues of the film. It never settles into a genre, nor does it provide gratification to the viewer. This is done to a point, though it cheapens my experience The ninth configuration jumps from so many different configurations that it fails to make the necessary connections.
A multilayered film about faith, religion, redemption, sacrifice, insanity, and so many other things - it's quite surprising that all this works together and the overall impression is strong, so is the cast supported by a moody location. In some aspects the film has not aged well, on the other hand the film is a statement of its day. For some reason MUBI decided to serve us the awful TV version, 4:3 aspect ratio...
I was going to wonder how this ever got made, but you could practically hear the pitch meeting--combine M*A*S*H with One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by the writer of The Exorcist and voila! Plus, with B-list actors and only one setting, it’s easy to see how costs were low. Incredibly, the script won a Golden Globe. It’s over-the-top lunacy, but accidentally or not, it does raise some profound philosophical questions.
A movie that gets saner as it goes along, each plot twist bringing the picture into better focus, the films own mental issues being cured by the events it depicts. And what a set of events, more unlikely a combination of elements than the protein that gives the film its title. Makes ADR into an artform.
I think in many ways Blatty's homage to 60's Italian Gothic horror ala Mario Bava - just look at the castle, the camera angles and zooms. But also the real sequel to The Exorcist - the existence of God and why he allows these terrible things to happen. Once again Blatty questions and the responding silence is deafening.
[22:05] ...and upon receiving his instructions from control to begin his countdown he was heard instead to say "I am frankly sick of being used". Some time later subject officer plainly stated that going to the moon was naughty, impolite, uncouth and in any case bad for his skin…
So dense, it felt much longer than it is. The castle is a memorable location, I loved how the rain made it feel so warm ad intimate, and at the same time isolated and threatening. The first half was the best, there were some great dialogues in there; the second one was pretty much a pity party, even though I get that was the point. Strange movie, isn't it. Did I like it? I can't figure it out myself.
The Ninth Configuration is an impressive and enjoyable mix of dark humor, thrills, and controversial themes. Skilfully placed subtleties will provide some laughs as well as deep thought, if you pay attention. The daring contemplation of religion sets this piece apart. Be prepared, this film will leave you thinking.
The Ninth Configuration is a complex statement of a horror film. The thorough setting and subtle imagery flex/stretch your mind beyond anything a description could provide. The theological questions undertaken by this movie are deep and insightful in ways I have yet to see in either a thriller or a comedy. The period that the film was shot in, this movie shows more of the director’s soul than any other work of his.
Why are you showing this horrible destroyed version of this movie. Its beautifully shot widescreen movie, here at mubi you are showing awful 4:3 tv version of the movie, where most of the pictures are cut off. Given a fact, that lot of the Ninth Configuration is based on its visualisation, watching 4:3 just makes no sense.
The background story to this film immediately grabbed my attention. With a group of insane military veterans all placed in a dark and isolated castle sparks suspense and interest. The Ninth Configuration is a film you must follow completely to understand its questioning of God and salvation. However, there is a dark humor to the movie in which the characters don't seem to intentionally make you want to laugh.
The Ninth Configuration is darkly funny. It also makes one confront questions about faith and even madness. The film’s surreal components include castles, asylums, and insanity. It is littered with religious imagery that brings up questions of the existence of God, original sin, and the notion of salvation. It was tough to sit through the film because of the pacing and narrative, but still, a worthwhile experience.