The Name of the RoseDirector: Jean-Jacques Annaud
Adapted from Umberto Eco's best-selling novel, director Jean-Jacques Annaud's The Name of the Rose is a 14th century murder-mystery thriller starring Sean Connery as a Sherlock Holmes-esque Franciscan monk called William of Baskerville. When a murder occurs at a secluded Benedictine Abbey, William is called in to investigate. As he and his apprentice, Adson von Melk (Christian Slater), delve deeper and deeper into the case, more dead bodies begin to turn up. Eventually, Bernardo Gui, an inquisitor played by F. Murray Abraham gets involved, but he may not have the best intentions. Sean Connery's performance earned him the award for Best Actor at the 1988 British Academy Awards.
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- Warner Home Video
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- [Wide Screen]
- [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Cast & Crew
|Tonino Delli Colli||Cinematographer|
|Jake Eberts||Executive Producer|
|Dante Ferretti||Production Designer|
|Giorgio Giovannini||Art Director|
|James Horner||Score Composer|
|Hasso Von Hugo||Makeup|
|Gabriella Pescucci||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Adriano Pischiutta||Special Effects|
|Rainer Schaper||Art Director|
|Francesca Lo Schiavo||Set Decoration/Design|
|Thomas Schühly||Executive Producer|
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An absolute wonderful movie that took too long to be released on DVD... and when it is released, it's on full screen format! Why oh why??? This film deserved wide-screen and director's cut and whatever more ammenities.
Oh, relax. What an underrated movie. People complain about too much production in a movie and when the plot challenges individuals a certai
Sean Connery even says "it's elementary" when explaining a clue to his novice. GREAT reference! As a pamplisest of Eco's phenomenal novel, taking place in the 1300s in a monastery in the desolate reaches of northern Italy, Brother William and his teenaged assistant Adzo work to uncover the reasons behind a number of murders. Of course several of the men say "the Devil is doing it, the end of the world is near" but the truth is not all that spectacular. Featuring a very ill-tempered headmaster, a subservient (that is, spineless) second-in-command, a hunchback who was once a heretic, a bewitching peasant girl (who's not a witch), an extremely creepy overweight monk who's ghostly white and a library maze, all the pieces are in place for a riveting whodunit. Then the Holy Inquisition gets involved and the stuff really hits the fan. Thankfully the film does not include the barrage of philosophical conversations that went far over my head (Eco's a genius, I am not) but it conveys the source material well enough. I also loved the message about the value of books and learning from different opinions - even ones considered blasphemous/forbidden at one time or another.
"The Name of the Rose" is the most historically correct film ever made in Hollywood according to my college history professor. She absolutely wanted all her students to see this film. It's based on the book, so yes there would be a nude scene wouldn't there?
I bought this DVD without renting it first and I regret my decision. The reviews failed to mention that there is an explicit nudity scene, which totally took me by surprise and did not fit in this movie whatsoever. Definitely a movie I would not let the family see. The whole thing is slow moving, and I found myself fastforwarding through some of it. The storyline was interesting, so I did watch it to the end, but I most likely will not watch it again.