Essential Viewing ?

I was loaned two DVD’s this weekend, so watched them both.

The Name of the Rose – a “palimpsest” of Eco’s book. Actually covers essential aspects of the plot, with all the characters and style replicated in caricature. Great atmospheric production too. The main message is spoken explicitly, lest you miss it – humour conquers all – if authority permits (Aristotle, Poetics 2). Only flaw is the cheesey ending – The rabble turning on the bad-guys and Adso meeting the girl (otherwise presumed burned at the stake) as they depart the scene of the crime for ever.

The Passion – predictable plot, gratuitous violence. No wish to offend, so I’ll say no more.

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