If you had come to me a year ago and said “John Turtorro will star in a remake of Name of the Rose, and you will like it,” I would have laughed at you. The Sean Connery vehicle from 1986 had come out when I was a kid and thoroughly confused me, so you could probably imagine my surprise, but the bottom line is that I do love monks solving murders, so of course I’m going to give The Name of the Rose (2019) a shot.
First, there’s not a heck of a lot of costume content to talk about (I know, I know). I mean, it is monks solving murders. But the show is incredibly engaging, and John Turtorro is fabulous (nobody, after all, “fucks with the Jesus”).
Mostly, it makes a lot more sense than the 1986 movie made because far more time can be devoted to Umberto Eco’s epic (in the literal sense of the word) plot over the course of eight episodes, versus one 120-minute film that is largely just Sean Connery being Sean Connery in a monk’s habit. But what this show lacks in costume content, it makes up in literally everything else, from the script (actually doing justice to Eco’s original), to the sets (OMG THE SETS), to the multi-national acting talent.
Ultimately, not every really good historical flick is going to have amazing costuming, but I feel it’s important to discuss these shows anyway. Because you never know what will really jump up and grab you, especially when you’re least expecting it.
Did you watch The Name of the Rose (2019)? What did you think?
Ooh, where is this available?
It took the Roman church nearly 1000 years to make up its mind about clerical celibacy, and about 10 seconds to decide to persecute the Albigensians. This was the purge that gave rise to the infamous quote, Kill them all; God will know His own.” “Massacre at Montsegur” is a good read on the subject.
Wasn’t that a Cromwell quote?
I did not know this existed. So, thank you!
Looks good, although I will miss Ron Perlman.
Ooooh, I didn’t know this existed! Where can I watch it?
I enjoyed it. Found the script a better adaptation than Sean’s. I wouldn’t mind rewatching.
I would love to see this, thanks for bringing it to my attention. However, it’s not on Netflix, I just checked. So sad!
Cathars were dualists, there was a Good God and an Evil God. The latter being identified with the God of the old testament which as a Jew I find offensive. basically spirit was good and matter was evil. Reproduction was bad because it trapped souls in bodies. They also believed in reincarnation and had a very Buddhist goal of freeing themselves from the cycle. While female cathars could ascend to the role of Perfecti, ascetic leaders of the sect. The old idea of women as temptations to the flesh (matter evil) was part of Catharism and an incarnation as a man was by some considered necessary before final salvation.
It looks like you can watch it via the Sundance Channel on Prime. I don’t know if there are other options.
I appreciated the fact that they tried to mould “the girl” into a full character instead of merely serving as Adso’s slutty love interest (cf. the first movie). But the whole Albigensian side plot felt utterly contrived and did not contribute anything to the story.