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The Name of the Rose (1986)

West Germany/France/Italy 126m, Colour
Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud; Cast: Sean Connery, Christian Slater, Michael Lonsdale, Ron Perlman, F. Murray Abraham

The Name of the Rose is an intriguing and complex medieval mystery based on Umberto Eco’s 1980 novel of the same name. A series of unexplained deaths in a Benedictine abbey are investigated by William of Baskerville – a Franciscan friar and his apprentice, Adso of Melk. The story is narrated by Melk as an old man, who recounts the bizarre events which he witnessed as the friar’s apprentice. Presented as a fourteenth century Sherlock Holmes, William becomes entangled in the knowledge of a secret library, a heretical sect, and a series of strange and unexplained deaths. His task is further complicated by the accusations of a Holy Inquisitor who threatens to cut short the investigation by wrongfully condemning innocent parties, including a mad hunchback who reluctantly confesses to the crimes while under torture (Klaus Ming June 2011).

One comment on “The Name of the Rose (1986)

  1. Klaus
    06/17/2011

    another one of my favourite films – not on the 1001 list!

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