THE NAME OF THE ROSE
DIRECTOR:    JEAN JACQUES ANNAUD
FRANCE/USA/ITALY 1986
CINEMATOGRAPHY:    TONINO DELLI COLLI
CAST:    Sean Connery, F. Murray Abraham, Michael Lonsdale
MUSIC:    James Horner
SUPER FEATURES:    Very good story based on the novel by Umberto Eco.


THE NAME OF THE ROSE is one of those films that one has to see for the acting, because if we were to see it for anything else, one could find things a bit depressing.

There is a certain place where many priest who are more interested in developing their skills with the history of the church, and it is being run by what appears as a very nice old man, who knows his catechism very well, and is knowledgeable. However, there is one problem. It seems that some of the scholars that have gone there, have died. And another one is sent in to study, and investigate things. The new man sets about his task without asking too many questions for a while, until he begins to notice some odd goings on. He begins following a few of the priests to find out what it is that is going on. He discovers that there are some secret chambers, and that these chambers contain some books that are very important, and that only a few are allowed to go in, and see the books, much less ever speak about them. And many of these books have been buried for years, like centuries, and some almost a millennia.

Eventually the elder churchman is found out, and he tries to kill the main character who is doing the sleuthing (Sean Connery) and fails. In the process, he makes an effort to destroy the books, so that much of it can't be used, or ever found. The whole monastery is in flames and the hero has to find his way out of a maze. He eventually does with several books in his hand. But the damage is done, and more history is buried behind the minds of those who made sure no one could ever see what was available. The church, has failed its scholars,
but it will keep on working their ideals and miracles to the people ... and making sure that no one finds out where the scriptures really came from.

An excellent film, well thought out, and directed with much attention to detail, and authenticity, this film taken from the Umberto Eco novel of the same name moves along very well. The scripting was assisted by the author himself, and it shows. The dialogue is crisp and well fit into a scene, any scene, without having to feel like we are merely hearing filler lines being read. Special attention goes to the two leads, Sean Connery and F. Murray Abraham, who work very well together and make a heck of a script come off even better.

GOOD STORY. WELL FILMED. GREAT ACTING. SHOULD SEE
4 GIBLOONS

 

   

      

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