“The Name Of The Rose” – Review

God Moves In Mysterious Ways

The Name Of The Rose

“The Name Of The Rose”, was one of the biggest blockbusters from the 1980’s, based on the Umberto Eco 1980 novel “Il nome della rosa”,  this thriller is set back in the 14th Century and it’s plot circles around a group of murders committed at an Italian abbey. Starring Sean Connery and a young Christian Slater on his first big acting role in a movie, the cinematography in this movie is sublime, the exterior scenes are beautiful to watch and everything is well put in place to re-create what would had been the atmosphere of an Italian abbey back in the 1300’s. In a time of inquisition and forbiddance, the fearless and respected Franciscan friar William of Baskerville is asked to assist in determining the cause of the mysterious death that occurred in the grounds of the abbey. He arrives with his novice Adso of Melk that follows him as his master, while they’re there  more deaths takes place in what turn to be a murder conspiracy. The movie leads you in many different directions and until the very last minutes leaves you in expectation of who the killer really is.

Bellow, some images from the movie


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In a time that crimes were blamed on the Devil and witches, the arrival of Holy Inquisitor Bernardo Gui that has a feud with William, will difficult things even harder when the scientific eye of William gets in the way of blaming a supernatural power to the murders, by forcing some residents of the Abbey to confess through torture. A movie that doesn’t really needs many FX’s as it lives mostly from the supreme acting and involving storyline, the natural beauty and landscape of the sets are just enough to leave you glued to the screen. There is murder, conspiracy, evil and also it focus the controversial views on homosexuality and celibate by the Catholic Church, specially back then, on a rare moment of the 1980’s that these subjects were treated seriously in movies. Until the very last second of the movie, there is a surprise, the ultimate one where the name of the rose lies.

Origin: Italy-France-West Germany
Released: 1986
Directed by: Jean-Jacques Annaud
Starring: Sean Connery, Christian Slater, Helmut Qualtinger, Elya Baskin, Volker Prechtel, Ron Perlman


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David Warren

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