Monday, September 30, 2013

Movie of the Week – The Name of the Rose

This week’s movie: The Name of the Rose (1986).

Monk William of Baskerville, a noted investigator, arrives at an isolate abbey to prove that a series of murders is not a sign that the abbey is inhabited by Satan, but rather that the deaths are the work of man.

The film is directed by French director Jean-Jacques Annaud. The Name of the Rose is his best film, but Quest for Fire, The Bear, and Enemy at the Gates are other notable films he has made.  He worked with composer James Horner (whose score is quite good and memorable), brilliant cinematographer Tonino Delli Colli, and production designer Dante Ferretti.

Sean Connery stars (winning a BAFTA for his performance) with Christian Slater co-starring. Michael Lonsdale, Valentina Vargas, Ron Perlman, and F. Murray Abraham feature in support.

The film is a great mystery drama with fantastic visuals and tone, but it may be most interesting for fans of Sean Connery. Disregarding his work as James Bond, Connery’s best films are as follows (in chronologic order): Marnie, The Hill, The Man Who Would Be King, A Bridge Too Far, The Name of the Rose, The Untouchables, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and The Hunt for Red October. Thus, this is a must-see for fans.

Trailer: Here
Available on: Blu-ray and Video-On-Demand

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