THEY BELIEVED IN GOD BUT TRADED WITH THE DEVIL.
In 1327, Franciscan friar William of Baskerville (Sean Connery) and his young apprentice (Christian Slater) arrive at a Benedictine abbey in Northern Italy where a bizarre suicide just took place; it will be followed by more deaths… The director spent years preparing for this adaptation of Umberto Eco’s brilliant novel. What remains of it is the detective story, but not much of the philosophy and religious discussions. Still, pretty exciting, even gruesome at times, with a genuinely odd set of character actors as the abbey’s inhabitants. Connery is perfect in the lead, but the movie would benefit from less choppy editing.
1986-Italy-Germany-France. 130 min. Color. Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud. Novel: Umberto Eco. Makeup: Hasso von Hugo. Cast: Sean Connery (William of Baskerville), F. Murray Abraham (Bernardo Gui), Christian Slater (Adso of Melk), Elya Baskin, Feodor Chaliapin, Jr., William Hickey… Michael Lonsdale, Ron Perlman.
Trivia: German title: Der Name der Rose. Michael Caine, Albert Finney and Richard Harris were reportedly considered for the lead. Remade as a limited series, The Name of the Rose (2019).
BAFTA: Best Actor (Connery), Makeup.