The Name of the Rose

D: Jean-Jacques Annaud
Neue Constantin/Cristaldifilm/Ariane (Bernd Eichinger)
US 1986
130 mins


W: Andrew Birkin, Gerard Brach, Howard Franklin & Alain Godard [based on the novel by Umberto Eco]
DP: Tonino Delli Colli
Ed: Jane Seitz
Mus: James Horner
PD: Dante Ferretti
Cos: Gabriella Pescucci

Sean Connery (William of Baskerville), F. Murray Abraham (Bernardo Gui), Christian Slater (Adso of Melk), Elya Baskin (Severinus Von St. Emmeram), Feodor Chaliapin, Jr. (Jorge de Burgos), William Hickey (Ubertino de Casale), Ron Perlman (Salvatore), Michael Lonsdale (The Abbot), Valentina Vargas (The Girl)

A 14th-century Franciscan monk and his young apprentice investigate a series of murders at an Italian abbey. 
An austere twist on standard murder mysteries due to its period and setting. The attention to detail and acting performances are very good, especially from Sean Connery, but the pacing is often far too slow. It had garnered a small cult following shortly upon its release, but has since become one of the forgotten films of the 1980's despite having a rather memorable sex scene between a young Christian Slater & Chilean debutante Valentina Vargas.
Worth a watch, but it's no classic.

Sean Connery & Christian Slater in The Name of the Rose
Sean Connery & Christian Slater in The Name of the Rose