A high point in Annaud's long and varied career. It carries itself with a haunting, weighty atmosphere. A terse and slow burning work of art that successfully adapts Eco's source material - living up to his masterful blend of history, social commentary, and pulpy mystery.
It's funny how I postponed the watching of this film. In general, it's a good thriller and contains a good historical background (and some interesting criticism about religion), but develops its characters with a disturbing weight. I just can't think of it as good acting. Way over the top - more than it needed to be.
I will admit, I couldn't finish the book. It was an interesting idea that got bogged down in flagrant amounts of detail that went from illuminating to irritating. Annaud has done an admirable job of taking the best parts and distilling them down. Moody and atmospheric, this film is a ride. Anchored by a great performance by Connery I enjoyed this one. It isn't amazing, but it's pretty damn fun.
Let's face it, the book as written is unfilmable. Best to meet this movie half way...they boiled the story down to a chilling, mainstream, adult thriller about BOOKS for gods sake. Not many multiplex movies sent audiences out of the theater with an appreciation for knowledge. Definitely on my Top 10 of the 1980s.
Two mice live in a movie studio warehouse and are looking
for food. Suddenly one hears the other chewing.
"What did you find?" he asks.
"I am not sure," comes the answer. "It looks like a piece
of film celluloid from an old movie. Let me see... Ah, yes.
It is from 'The Name of the Rose.'"
"And how is it?"
"Nothing much. The book was better."
Zuletzt sah ich diesen Film als Jugendlicher und bestimmte Szenen und vor allem Figuren habe ich nie vergessen – das ist aber auch wirklich ein großartig inszeniertes Panoptikum des Schreckens vor und hinter diesen Klostermauern.
Was mir beim Wiederansehen nun aber wieder einfiel, ist, wieso ich es so ekelhaft finde, wenn sich jemand die Finger leckt zum Seitenumblättern …