THE NAME OF THE ROSE

(1986)
With Sean Connery, Christian Slater, F. Murray Abraham, Michael Lonsdale, William Hickey
Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud
Reviewed by JL

    Adapted from Umberto Eco's novel, this murder mystery set in a 14th-century monastery features Sean Connery as a nonconformist monk reminiscent of Sherlock Holmes and named, appropriately enough, William of Baskerville.  It's a compelling film, although thematically muddled and visually inconsistent.  Director Jean-Jacques Annaud allows dark, torch-and-candle-lit scenes to pass for style, then ends everything by indulging in some Ken Russell flamboyance.  The film works best if you don't let Annaud distract you and instead concentrate on the story and some grand scenery-chewing by an eclectic cast.  3½ - JL

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