In 1327, an enlightened friar and his young apprentice investigate a series of mysterious deaths at an abbey risking the wrath of a powerful Inquisitor. Television adaptation of Umberto Eco's novel 'The Name of the Rose'.
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Series cast summary:
John Turturro ...  Guglielmo da Baskerville 8 episodes, 2019
Rupert Everett ...  Bernardo Gui 8 episodes, 2019
Damian Hardung ...  Adso da Melk 8 episodes, 2019
Fabrizio Bentivoglio ...  Remigio da Varagine 8 episodes, 2019
Greta Scarano ...  Anna 8 episodes, 2019
Richard Sammel ...  Malachia da Hildesceim 8 episodes, 2019
Stefano Fresi ...  Salvatore 8 episodes, 2019
Roberto Herlitzka ...  Alinardo da Grottaferrata 8 episodes, 2019
Fausto Maria Sciarappa ...  Nicola da Morimondo 8 episodes, 2019
Maurizio Lombardi Maurizio Lombardi ...  Berengario da Arundel 8 episodes, 2019
Antonia Fotaras ...  La Ragazza 8 episodes, 2019
Guglielmo Favilla Guglielmo Favilla ...  Venanzio da Salvemec 8 episodes, 2019
Piotr Adamczyk ...  Severino da Sant'Emmerano 8 episodes, 2019
Tchéky Karyo ...  Papa Giovanni XXII 8 episodes, 2019
Benjamin Stender ...  Bencio da Uppsala 8 episodes, 2019
Claudio Bigagli ...  Girolamo di Caffa 8 episodes, 2019
Corrado Invernizzi ...  Michele da Cesena 8 episodes, 2019
Max Malatesta ...  Aymaro da Alessandria 8 episodes, 2019
Alessio Boni ...  Fra Dolcino 8 episodes, 2019
Sebastian Koch ...  Barone di Neuenberg 8 episodes, 2019
James Cosmo ...  Jorge da Burgos 8 episodes, 2019
Michael Emerson ...  Abate Abbassano da Fossanova 8 episodes, 2019
Rinat Khismatouline ...  Cardinal du Pouget / ... 8 episodes, 2019
Camilla Diana ...  Bianca 8 episodes, 2019
David Brandon ...  Hugh da Newcastle 8 episodes, 2019
Peter Davison ...  Narrator / ... 6 episodes, 2019
Alfredo Pea Alfredo Pea ...  Pacifico da Tivoli 6 episodes, 2019
Derek Boschi Derek Boschi ...  Guillam de Masan 5 episodes, 2019
Federigo Ceci Federigo Ceci ...  Eudes Vescovo di Cantrentas 5 episodes, 2019
Gianluigi Fogacci Gianluigi Fogacci ...  Roberto Conte di Firenze / ... 5 episodes, 2019
Antonio Spagnuolo Antonio Spagnuolo ...  Ufficiale Delegazione Papale 5 episodes, 2019
Nicholas Turturro ...  Pedro Lopez de Luna / ... 5 episodes, 2019
Alkis Zanis Alkis Zanis ...  Converso Assistente Remigio / ... 4 episodes, 2019
Alessandro Giallocosta Alessandro Giallocosta ...  Soldato / ... 4 episodes, 2019
Kiara McKormick Kiara McKormick ...  Anna Bambina / ... 4 episodes, 2019
Andrea Bruschi ...  Cuoco Abbazia / ... 1 episode, 2019
Stefano Scherini ...  Eretico 2 episodes, 2019
Leonardo Pazzagli Leonardo Pazzagli ...  Adelmo 2 episodes, 2019


In 1327, an enlightened friar and his young apprentice investigate a series of mysterious deaths at an abbey risking the wrath of a powerful Inquisitor. Television adaptation of Umberto Eco's novel 'The Name of the Rose'.

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Trashing of Eco's exquisite semiotics and hermetics in favor of packing in all kinds of disjointed subplots
31 March 2019 | by random-70778See all my reviews

In short: there is a reason why the central character in Eco's work is named after Occam and nods to Sherlock Holmes. It has to do with presenting complexity and then dealing with it though Occam's maxim and Holmes' deductive reasoning. Yet, the writers of this mess of an adaption seem to have not understood Eco or Rose at all and simply opted for injecting and proliferating haphazard disorder to mimic it complexity when it is just -- mediocre plot device and script-writing and. Sorry but gibberish is not complexity because it meanders, and proliferation non sequiter subplots are not semiotics just because your brain has to also work when decoding nonsense . It goes without saying as well that labyrinth is meaningless if you just proliferate blind ally diversions and don't understand it is the great classics Eco is presenting as the guide, the key.

If you've got that liberal arts degree for undergrad and loved history and literature, like I did, (before having to turn to something that can make some money for grad) they you probably knew about this series planning and had enthusiastic and positive expectations. The original film version of Name of the Rose was not bad, it was a decent adaption of Umberto's Eco's intricate but certainly his most approachable book, but it certainly could be much better fleshed out in a mini series length.

In addition to being a fan of Eco, I certainly am as well of John Turturro.

Sadly this series just doesn't work given the source material and talent. It is a serious disappointment; in fact a jumbled mess. Instead of using miniseries length to flesh out the complexity, tease the symbolism, and give us more of Eco, the writers went off the rails as well, distracting packing in all kinds of PC nods to contemporary issues that are not in Eco's novel. And even for "a loose adaptation" there is a continual sense of disjointed and artificially forced elements and messages that are not in Eco's work. Most galling -- but also telling -- metaphor for the utter humorlessness in the makers of this adaption is dropping emphasis on Aristotle's Poetics; whose dramatic theory, and utilization of humor, is what Eco is using. In the book we are immersed IN the Poetics, the author has structured he work so we are, while the character searches for it, along with a solution to the crime mystery, and this is not even attempted in this miniseries.

I spent about two years working in Italy and I have a high tolerance for the messiness of Italian productions, be they film, TV or contracting of goods or services. Things there are beautiful and interesting, but often don't work well. OK. I did not go into this adaption of name of the Rose expecting complete rationality or order. But there are so many artificial jumps in plot that it nears incoherence. Especially since none of it is really true to the core of Eco's work which has to do with the sequestration of knowledge, such as sublime and complex classics, and not for example some hamhanded lesson on immigration, class struggle, or violence toward women. Eco already had a strong and important social message with poverty and a church that lost its way, or whose future was being fought over. By throwing in the kitchen sink of social commentary this gets diluted to nothing.

I give this a six star, even though it is a four, since part of Eco is there, even if, with united irony -- it is hidden by the script writers' own nonsense.

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