The Name Of The Rose

  • 1986
  • Movie
  • R
  • Mystery

Based on the witty, flashily erudite first novel by Italian semiotician and journalist Umberto Eco, this medieval murder mystery is a little slow-moving but ultimately rewarding. At an Italian monastery in 1327, the Franciscans, who live in religious poverty, and the Dominicans, who enjoy a life of luxury, meet to debate whether the Catholic church should...read more

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Based on the witty, flashily erudite first novel by Italian semiotician and journalist Umberto Eco, this medieval murder mystery is a little slow-moving but ultimately rewarding. At an Italian monastery in 1327, the Franciscans, who live in religious poverty, and the Dominicans, who enjoy a

life of luxury, meet to debate whether the Catholic church should be in the business of accruing wealth. William of Baskerville (Connery), a brilliant English monk (whose Holmesian manner is reinforced by his name, taken from The Hound of the Baskervilles), and his teenage novice, Adso of Melk

(Slater), arrive early, and when murders begin occurring, the abbot (Lonsdale) requests that they begin an investigation. But even as William begins looking into the matter, the murders continue, seemingly following the prophecy of the Apocalypse. The more rational clues lead to the monastery's

extraordinary library, but before the Englishman can find the truth, the Dominicans and, most important, his old rival Bernardo Gui (Abraham), the Inquisitor, arrive and matters become even more complicated as Gui sees the Devil's hand in the murders. Gifted cinematographer Tonino Delli Colli has

given the film an appropriately dark look, and the many odd-looking monks appear as if they have stepped from the set of a Fellini picture. Much of the $18 million production was shot at Kloster Eberbach, a 12th-century monastery near Frankfurt, West Germany.

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  • Released: 1986
  • Rating: R
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