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The Name Of The Rose [1986] [VHS] [1987]

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  • Actors: Sean Connery, F. Murray Abraham, Christian Slater
  • Directors: Jean-Jacques Annaud
  • Format: VHS
  • Language: English, Latin
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Karussell
  • VHS Release Date: 3 Feb. 1992
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004R6AB
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 111,155 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Based on Umberto Eco's best-selling novel. Sean Connery is a monk-turned-detective who, together with his novice, Christian Slater, tries desperately to unravel the mystery of the Abbey's murders. Monks are being killed in all manner of ways, and as Brother Sean's investigations get underway, more is revealed to the audience of the darker side of Italian monastic life at the beginning of the 14th Century. It is a wonderfully observed film with stunning cinematography by Tonino Delli Colli, and there's some hideously grotesque monks.

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Jean-Jacques Annaud's The Name of the Rose is a flawed attempt to adapt Umberto Eco's highly convoluted medieval bestseller for the screen, necessarily excising much of the esoterica that made the book so compelling. Still, what's left is a riveting whodunit set in a grimly and grimily realistic 14th-century Benedictine monastery populated by a parade of grotesque characters, all of whom spend their time lurking in dark places or scuttling, half-unseen, in the omnipresent gloom. A series of mysterious and gruesome deaths are somehow tied up with the unwelcome attention of the Inquisition, sent to root out suspected heretical behavior among the monastic scribes whose lives are dedicated to transcribing ancient manuscripts for their famous library, access to which is prevented by an ingenious maze-like layout.

Enter Sean Connery as investigator-monk William of Baskerville (the Sherlock Holmes connection made explicit in his name) and his naive young assistant Adso (a youthful Christian Slater). The Grand Inquisitor Bernado Gui (F. Murray Abraham) suspects devilry; but William and Adso, using Holmesian forensic techniques, uncover a much more human cause: the secrets of the library are being protected at a terrible cost. A fine international cast and the splendidly evocative location compensate for a screenplay that struggles to present Eco's multifaceted story even partially intact; Annaud's idiosyncratic direction complements the sinister, unsettling aura of the tale ideally. --Mark Walker --This text refers to the DVD edition.

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4.6 out of 5 stars

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Jan. 2012
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French Director Jean-Jacques Annaud had his work cut out for him. First he had to hire BAFTA-winning writer Andrew Birkin along with three other top scriptwriters to do a 'Pamplifest' of "Il Nome Della Rose" - a 500-page medieval whodunit written in Italian by Historian and Scholar Umberto Eco. Then after four years of design prep, Annaud had an entire Benedictine Abbey built to scale on hills outside of Rome in the winter of 1985. So come the opening minutes of "The Name Of The Rose" - as William of Baskerville and his novice Adso of Melk (Sean Connery and a 16-year old Christian Slater) dismount from their nags and have their hands washed inside the huge wooden gates of that fourteenth century structure - you can 'see' that Annaud spent his 17 million dollar budget wisely...

Right from the word go you are immersed in their world. The camera pans up to vertigo-inducing battlements, down to a vast courtyard, over to vestibules and quadrangle arches festooned with ecclesiastical masonry. There is little of comfort here and the only earth dug up is not for vegetables but fresh graves. Everything else is filth and grime - mud - snow - animal faeces. Then once inside - the chilling austerity continues. Stone floors, hard wooden pews and incense swinging censers at mealtime. There are marble altars with hidden latches, crypts with mounted skulls and passageways alive with droves of really fat rats. There's even a Scriptorium tower beside the Abbey where books are laboured on by hand for years - and a secretive library above it all that is accessible only through a wooden labyrinth...

As if this isn't enough - then there's the look of the inmates.
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78 of 86 people found the following review helpful By russell clarke TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Aug. 2004
Format: DVD
Adapted from Umberto Eco, s award winning wordy novel The Name of the Rose is a sombre gloomy thriller set in a Benedictine Abbey high in the Italian Appennino Mountains during the 14th century.
Told from the perspective of a now elderly Azdo of Melk who narrates part of the script, we learn he was once a gauche apprentice to Brother William of Baskerville (A sly nod to Conan Doyle surely.), an erudite Franciscan Monk with highly developed powers of deductive reasoning. This Medieval Crackers singular talent is called upon when after arriving at the forbidding Abbey to attend a Seminary on "Wether or not Christ owned his own clothes?" a series of bizarre murders occur. The Head of the Abbey Father Abbot, played by a sibilantly murmuring and creepy Michael Lonsdale, asks Baskerville to discreetly investigate before the arrival of the Inquisitor Gui who has a nasty habit of torturing and burning ostensibly innocent people. Baskerville, wonderfully portrayed by Sean Connery as a man of considerable learning with a penchant for sudden outbursts of almost childlike enthusiasm, dispenses the benefit of his perceptive analysis of the situation to his eager charge who in turn has his head turned by a feral but attractive girl who scrounges for scraps of food disposed of by the well tended brothers. Christian Slater forgoes his vanity to play the young Adzo complete with Peter Beardsley bowl cut and the requisite bald patch and is suitably wide eyed with wonder one minute and intimidated the next.
The film starts out as an intriguing whodunnit but with the arrival of the sadistic Gui the tone suddenly turns darker as he targets the unfortunate girl and a mentally challenged Brother (Ron Perlman..
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Guy Sclanders on 29 Sept. 2004
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This film is one of those that stands out to me as Connery at his best ... and also not Connery. Typically in his films he's a dominant, hero, who charges forth to save the day. In Name of the Rose he's reserved, humble and most importantly he's not Connery. Although a mystery this film handles human nature, explores the role of the church in developing (Or in this case not developeing) the western world, examines sexuality and by and large is a wonderful piece of cinema.
With todays films being manufactured to carefully examined research on what viewers want, it's these older films that were crafted for love of story and picture that stand out for me. Name of the Rose is superbly shot, with breathtaking accuracy. One feels cold, isolated, muddy, and in a different world. Christian Slatter makes his film debut as the novice and to my mind really shows us that he is one hot actor.
All in all Name of the Rose is one for the collection, to be watched and appreciated as a solid piece of film making.
I highly recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By IP on 5 Dec. 2014
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Sean Connery of course plays William of Baskerville, our nominal lead and very much a Sherlock Holmes figure of his day as crafted by Eco, based on an amalgam of historical figures. Connery as a virginal Franciscan monk? Surely about as ironic casting as you can get, but it works surprisingly well. Connery's always been a slightly underrated actor and if he brings his usual accent to the role, he also brings a quiet charisma and gravitas along with him, working nicely in his interactions with Christian Slater as his mentee Adsil.

Slater is almost unrecognisable, clad in monk garb & playing naive, fresh, childlike at times; it's a more complex role than it first appears, especially given in many ways its Adsil's story as the whole piece is narrated by his older self, but Slater plays the part well. Both are supported by a cast Annaud spent much time assembling to create a unique feel, a rogues gallery of the bizarre & slightly unnerving, including the aforementioned Perlman who is as great as ever in a quite tragic part actually, Michael Lonsdale filled with quiet dignity as the Abbot, and eventually F. Murray Abraham being as brilliantly cold & callous as few can do as well as he, as the inquisitor who pushes the narrative into a rather tense and unexpectedly thrilling climax.
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