Brother William discovers that the murders involve an attempt by the librarian to keep secret the abbey's possession of a rare book written by Aristotle on comedy that was thought lost. But the book encourages comedy and laughter which is thought to be a threat to the authoritarian discipline demanded by the Church. In the end, the famous library is destroyed in a dramatic fire when a senior monk tries to destroy the book. Written by
William of Baskerville is amazed when he discovers a book by "Umberto of Bologna" - a reference to Umberto Eco, who teaches at the University of Bologna and is the author of the book the movie is based on. See more »
As Brother William first enters the abbey he passes a blacksmith beating a piece of obviously cold metal. Such an action would be useless. The metal must be hot to be malleable. See more »
Voice of Adso as an Old Man:
Having reached the end of my poor sinner's life, my hair now white, I prepare to leave on this parchment my testimony as to the wondrous and terrible events that I witnessed in my youth, towards the end of the year of our Lord 1327. May God grant me the wisdom and grace to be the faithful chronicler of the happenings that took place in a remote abbey in the dark north of Italy. An abbey whose name it seems, even now, pious and prudent to omit.
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The opening credits read - A palimpsest of Umberto Eco's Novel The Name of the Rose See more »
"The step between ecstatic vision and sinful frenzy is all too brief."
The film opens in 1327, with a Franciscan monk and his young novice arriving to a remote abbey in the dark north of Italy to participate in a crucial debate between the emissaries of Pope John XXII and leaders of the Franciscan order, to decide whether the church should take vows of poverty or wealth...
After a series of murdersattributed to the presence of a supernatural force that are taking place within the cold walls of the godforsaken battlement, Brother William of Baskerville (Connery) ends up undertaking an investigation to solve the secrets surrounding these unexplainable crimes All of them bearing blackened fingers and blackened tongues
What follows, brings William face to face with Bernardo Gui (F. Murray Abraham), the sadistic Grand inquisitorappointed by the Pope to hunt down and free the Church of hereticswho sees the abbey enshrouded in a terrifying mystery and the devil roaming behind every foul deed Gui burns every last suspected devil-worshipper in the village, forcing Baskerville to uncover the truth before innocent blood is shed
As always, Connery lends dignity, intelligence as the acute and prudent monk who has knowledge, both of the human spirit and the wiles of the evil one Connery plays his role with gusto
Newcomer Christian Slater plays Connery's faithful sidekick, Adso, the youngest son of the Baron of Melk who sure does like to watch his master at work One nightexpressing fear and confusion he gets feminine carnal delights from a peasant girl, 'a creature that rose like the dawn, was bewitching as the moon, radiant as the sun, terrible as an army poised for battle '
For a moment, Ron Perlman steals the show as the heretical hunchbacked monk named Salvatore who is ugly yet phenomenal His scenes with Abraham are stirring
"The Name of the Rose" is atmospheric, but disturbing at many levels Some might say, contradictory, leaving plenty of twists and turns unresolved and unexplained, but the film was a smash hit in Europe Annaud succeeds in capturing the claustrophobia and panic of being truly lost in the menacing, creepy Dark Ages
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