29 May 2014 | Rodrigo_Amaro
Enthusiastic just like Annaud is
Of the many extra material contained in "The Name of the Rose" DVD, due to its 15th year or so of celebration, this one rises above anything I've ever seen in a long time in terms of bonus material of movies. It deviates from the worn out, bigger than life stories and trivia, instead it's a nice interview at a theater with the director remembering the behind the scenes of his film.
Perhaps because I've never seen any interviews with the great director Jean-Jacques Annaud, and this was my first, and he's such an enthusiastic person, so patient and so joyful that it was a real pleasure to simply present stills from his classic 1986 movie, and share stories about the making of it, and the admiration he had for Sean Connery, Christian Slater, Ron Perlman (a constant face in his films, with Perlman saying "I owe you (Annaud) everything, you made my career) and the people from cast and crew.
Best things in the show: besides the stills and the clips, the story involving the robbery of a page, a prop used in the movie that was stolen and Annaud's crew had to provide with another paper made of gold fiber - and let's just that it's incredibly difficult to make them and they had to wait for a long time for it, and only a glimpse of that can be seen in the actual movie - and the story involving producer Bernd Eichinger's commitment with the movie was so great that he had to sell his production building to pay for the movie costs. A labor of love for everybody involved.
Though Annaud mentioned about the locations and the difficulty to get them (perfect places to represent the ancient abbey and its surroundings), he forgot to talk about the city of L'Acquila - he only says that it was a location in Italy - same place where "Ladyhawke" was filmed, filled of old constructions dating back 500 years of more and very suitable for Middle Age stories, that sadly suffered a misfortune few years ago with a terrible earthquake that destroyed many of those constructions. But the director makes mention of being curious about Umberto Eco's description of the stairs of the dungeon/library - so complex that the director had to make several changes on the set. It's great to know that Eco gave Annaud his blessing for the film adaptation of his unfilmable book.
Concise, short and sweet, and great to watch. 10/10