If you owned your very own movie theater and got to program the films it exhibited as you desired, what…
The Name of the Rose
They believed in God, but traded with the Devil
The Franciscan friar William of Baskerville and his young apprentice investigate a series of mysterious deaths in a medieval abbey.
'A film? They're making a film from The Name of the Rose? They must be mad. There's quite a number of layers in this wonderful book that it's doomed to fail.' That's what i said when someone told me Jean-Jacques Annaud was filming The Name of the Rose. Poor, young, dumb me. I stood corrected after the first scene and I liked every second of it. Hell, it should have been a longer film.
Jean-Jacques Annaud did a great job with Umberto Eco's book, one of the best books I reads in the 1980's ('till now, actually..). My grandmother bought it for me when I was 15, on March 3rd, 1984. I was sucked into medieval and clergy Europe before…
I'm stumped by this bizarre detective story set in an Italian monastery in the year 1327. The acting, the casting, the pacing, it's all way off, and yet it never dips below enjoyable. From the very first few moments you know you're in for good time, and that does indeed turn out to be the case. That sex scene, however, has left me a little scarred.
The name of the rose is a bleak, eerie and atmospheric film. Every character, every room has an odour of something dark and dangerous. The original book was always going to be difficult to film but I don’t think it could have been done any better as there is a real sense of lurking dread in what is meant to be a holy place but in actuality is anything but. Some may feel that Sean Connery is not the most suitable actor for this type of film but I find his quiet, calming approach to solving the mystery nicely sets him apart from the other characters that seem almost freakish in comparison.
Special mention must go to Ron Perlman who is quite brilliant as Salvatore the hunchback.
I’m not sure how history remembers this film, for me it’s an entertaining and nicely made film that carries such an uneasy and foreboding atmosphere.
I hadn't seen this movie since its release in 1986 until I accidentally bumped into it in my collection and immediately decided it was time for a re-watch.
Umberto Eco wrote two books which left a great impact on me, The Name of the Rose and Foucault's pendulum. The latter has nver been translated to the big screen, at least to my knowledge, but The name of the Rose did, and it was brought to the big screen with an impressive cast; Sean Connery, Christian Slater, Michael Lonsdale and Ron Perlman.
The Name of the Rose is best described as Sherlock Holmes in the middle ages. It is an excellent murder mystery which centers ultimately, not on the whodunit, but…
Another film my History teacher chose to show the class.
The Name of the Rose is an atmospheric tale of gothic mystery about the evil that was undeniably present in the church in medieval Europe, and about the strict lifestyle people lived back then, which forbad and hid knowledge and was filled with punishment.
I loved the setting, I thought it was very accurate and artistic.
Sean Connery, as always, gave a performance of quality, and I also thought Christian Slater was good (he got all the girls of my class screaming for him).
Even though the film had a slow pace, it succeeded in gaining the attention of the audience and keep them engaged in the story, which had an interesting ending.
An excellent hidden little gem of entertainment.
A huge guilty pleasure, supremely enjoyable.
For an adaptation of an Umberto Eco novel about semiotics and medieval studies, this film moves very much like a Middle Ages Sherlock Holmes story, possibly with more pulp to it. Almost all about Sean Connery giving fantastic line readings to lines which deserve them. Nicely aggregates thematical resonance as it moves, interweaving a past enemy and a theological debate with the murder mystery to build a nice little tale about knowledge v. faith v. actually caring about people. Resolves in a very unsatisfactory fashion, mostly because Annaud seems unable to convey emotion with action yet is burdened with an action-filled finale. Worth a watch, but eh.
YOU'RE THE MONK NOW, DOG!
I always avoided this because my uncle recommended it to me and he's kind of a snot. He should have just said "Sean Connery as Sherlock Holmes solving murders in a 13th century abbey" and I would have been all over it.
An intellectually nonconformist monk investigates a series of mysterious deaths in an isolated abbey.
This is definitely a true gem. It's a film I only found about recently because I looked for films similar to the Long, Good Friday on IMDB. Clearly, this film is the furthest thing from it. But it's a very good and original murder mystery.
This film is hard to compare to any other movie. I do think however that you can almost certainly compare the both William and Adso to Holmes and Watson, the only film I can say this is somewhat like is the Da Vinci Code but this was done much earlier and ahead of it's time then this one.
The performances in this film are great especially from Sean Connery in what I consider to be…
A haunting crime tale set in a medieval monastery, the setting of which makes it the more intriguing and fascinating. Incredible performances and a subtle, yet fierce statement against religious fundamentalism and fanatics. The performances are amazing, one of Connery's best films. It is a shame Christian Slater has to plague this with his talentless presence, but we all have to endure the casting of empty shells of Hollywood jetset when watching films from days gone by, so I wont complain too much. Amazing !
Even in a medieval monastery, the black guy dies first!
(Well, technically second, but the first death is before the film starts and it would fuck up the joke, so give me a break.)
Having recently trudged through Umberto Eco's novel, I was inspired to rewatch the movie adaptation, which I first saw many decades ago.
Eco's novel is really three different books crammed into one: one third of it is a medieval murder mystery, another third of it is religious minutiae, and the final third of it is religious politicking. Two of those thirds are tedious in the extreme, and the movie adaptation wisely ditches them in favor of concentrating firmly on the murder mystery. One could of course argue that this makes the book a richer experience than the movie, but in my experience this speedier and simpler approach unquestionably makes the movie the more fun one (if you could call this…
- The Hunger
- Fright Night
- Near Dark
- The Lost Boys
- A mort l'arbitre
- À nous la liberté
- À propos de Nice
- ...A Valparaíso
This list is the Letterboxd version of The Oxford History of World Cinema.
The book celebrates and chronicles over one…
- Rasputin and the Empress
- The Flowers of St. Francis
- The Black Abbot
- The Sinister Monk
- Viva Maria!
Why should just nuns get to have all the fun?
Suggestions welcome for films featuring misbehaving monks.