“- William of Baskerville: You will not eliminate laughter by eliminating that book.
- Jorge de Burgos: No, to be sure, laughter will remain the common man's recreation. But what will happen if, because of this book, learned men were to pronounce it admissable to laugh at everything? Can we laugh at God? The world would relapse into chaos!”
“The Name of the Rose” quotes(1986)
Plot – In the fall of 1327, Father William Baskerville, a former Franciscan Inquisitor and an intellectual, arrives at a monastery in the Italian Alps with the novice Adso of Melk. The monastery is to host a meeting of Franciscans, Dominicans and papal delegates who will clarify some articles of faith. William, though, realizes that there is tension and fear among the monks and finally discovers that a young miniaturist monk has been found dead at the foot of the tower of the monastery, provoking the fear of some demonic influence. William begins his investigation into the event but he soon realizes that some monks are doing their best to dissuade him from seeking the truth. Meanwhile, another young translator monk, friend of the previously deceased Adelmo, is found dead. William is increasingly attracted by the mystery of the deaths and is convinced that the solution is in the cryptic nature of some very ancient texts. A herbalist monk collaborates with William to clarify some circumstances of the deaths, but many other monks keep opposing William. After new discoveries among the ancient texts of the monastery library and other deaths, things get even more complicated when papal delegates and the severe inquisitor Bernard Guy arrive at the monastery and are quickly convinced that the author of so many crimes is someone influenced by the devil. The inquisitor is sure that he has found the three authors of the crimes and condemns them to the stake as heretics against the advice of William, who knows very well that they are innocent. After overcoming pitfalls and reticence of every kind, William uncovers the mysteries of the monastery and is about to reveal them to everyone, when Jorge stops him by making sure the old library with all its precious books is set on fire. The wise Franciscan and his novice rescue a few books and escape the massive fire in which old Jorge loses his life. After preparing the bonfires for the three presumed heretics, the papal delegates and the inquisitor leave with the fire now raging around the monastery. Two of the condemned are burned alive but the third, a girl, is spared. The monks return to the old building to save what they can. In his desperate flight the inquisitor has an accident in his carriage; he is reached by the mob and thrown into a ravine for the ruthlessness of his verdict. Peace is re-established in the monastery: the fire has destroyed many things, but the perpetrators of the crimes are gone. William and Adso leave on their journey.
All actors – Sean Connery, Christian Slater, Helmut Qualtinger, Elya Baskin, Michael Lonsdale, Volker Prechtel, Feodor Chaliapin Jr., William Hickey, Michael Habeck, Urs Althaus, Valentina Vargas, Ron Perlman, Leopoldo Trieste, Franco Valobra, Vernon Dobtcheff, Donald O'Brien, Andrew Birkin, F. Murray Abraham, Lucien Bodard, Peter Berling, Pete Lancaster, Dwight Weist, Franco Adducci, Niko Brücher, Aristide Caporale, Fabio Carfora, Peter Clös, Mario Diano, Fabrizio Fontana, Rolando Fucili, Valerio Isidori, Luigi Leoni, Armando Marra, Maurizio Mauri, Ludger Pistor, Francesco Scali, Maria Tedeschi, Andrea Tilli, Ennio Lollainni, Emil Feist, Francesco Maselli, Renato Nebolini, Antonio Cetta, Franco Covielleo, Daniele Ferretti, Sabatino Gennardo, Luciano Invidia, Mauro Leoni, Massimiliano Scarpa, Umberto Zuanelli, Mark Bellinghaus, David Furtwaengler, Patric Kreuzer, Kim Rossi Stuart, Lars Bodin-Jorgensen, Franco Diogene, Giordano Falzoni, Eckehard Koch, Gina Poli, Gianni Rizzo, Lothar Schoenbrodt, Vittorio Zarfati, Carlo Bianchino, Eugenio Bonardi, Pietro Ceccarelli, Franco Marino, Hans Schödel, Peter Welz, Alberto Capone, Gaston Bonheurshow all
“The Name of the Rose” Quotes 16 quotes
“- William of Baskerville: You are in love.
- Adso of Melk: Is that bad?
- William of Baskerville: For a monk, it does present certain problems.”
“When the female, by nature so perverse, becomes sublime by holiness, then she can be the noblest vehicle of grace. Beautiful are the breasts that protrude just a little.”
“- Adso of Melk: Dolcinites? Who were they, master?
- William of Baskerville: Those who believed in the poverty of Christ.
- Adso of Melk: So do we Franciscans.
- William of Baskerville: But they also declared that everyone must be poor, so they slaughtered the rich. Ha! You see, Adso, the step between ecstatic vision and sinful frenzy is all too...” (continue) (continue reading)
“- Adso of Melk: Do you think that this is a place abandoned by God?
- William of Baskerville: Have you ever known a place where God would have felt at home?”
“- William of Baskerville: She is already burnt flesh, Adso. Bernardo Gui has spoken: she is a witch.
- Adso of Melk: But that's not true, and you know it!
- William of Baskerville: I know. I also know that anyone who disputes the verdict of an Inquisitor is guilty of heresy.”
“If I knew the answers to everything I would be teaching theology in Paris.”
“The only evidence I see of the antichrist here is everyones desire to see him at work.”
“Who was she? Who was this creature that rose like the dawn, as bewitching as the moon, radiant as the sun, terrible as an army poised for battle?”
“- William of Baskerville: Monkeys do not laugh. Laughter is particular to men.
- Jorge de Burgos: As is sin. Christ never laughed.
- William of Baskerville: Can we be so sure?
- Jorge de Burgos: There is nothing in the Scriptures to say that he did.
- William of Baskerville: And there's nothing in the Scriptures to say that he did not.”
“- Adso of Melk: Master? Have you ever been in love?
- William of Baskerville: In love? Yeah, many times.
- Adso of Melk: You were?
- William of Baskerville: Yes, of course. Aristotle, Ovid, Vergil...”
- Adso of Melk: Doesn't St. Thomas Aquinas praise love above all other virtues?
- William of Baskerville: Yes, the love of God, Adso. The love of God.
- Adso of Melk: Oh... And the love of woman?
- William of Baskerville: Of woman? Thomas Aquinas knew precious little, but the scriptures are very clear. Proverbs warns us, "Woman takes possession... (continue) (continue reading)
“- William of Baskerville: No one should be forbidden to consult these books freely.
- Adso of Melk: Perhaps they are thought to be too precious, too fragile.
- William of Baskerville: No, it's not that, Adso. It's because they often contain a wisdom that is different from ours and ideas that could encourage us to doubt the infallability of the...” (continue) (continue reading)