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Private Life of Sherlock Holmes
     

The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes

Director: Arthur Conan Doyle

Cast: Arthur Conan Doyle

 

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In Billy Wilder's cinematic homage to the spirit of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, British stage luminary Robert Stephens plays Holmes, while Colin Blakely is his friend and chronicler Dr. Watson. This self-described "hitherto suppressed and thoroughly fascinating" tale concerns Holmes' search for a missing mining engineer -- a

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In Billy Wilder's cinematic homage to the spirit of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, British stage luminary Robert Stephens plays Holmes, while Colin Blakely is his friend and chronicler Dr. Watson. This self-described "hitherto suppressed and thoroughly fascinating" tale concerns Holmes' search for a missing mining engineer -- a case that may have a far-reaching effect on the national security of England. Along the way, Holmes falls in love for the first time in his life, with enigmatic foreign beauty Gabrielle Valladon (Genevieve Page). In this 1970 film, Wilder emphasizes such then-current topics as homosexuality (notably during the film's prologue) and drug addiction. Christopher Lee, a former screen Holmes himself, has a cameo (minus toupee) as Sherlock's brother Mycroft Holmes. Heavily re-edited and rearranged both before and after its release, The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes was a box-office disappointment when it came out in 1970. Since that time, its reputation has grown immeasurably, especially among those lucky enough to have seen a complete print.

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All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Mellow and romantic, Billy Wilder's mutilated late masterwork is more an intimate portrait of Arthur Conan Doyle's famed coke-sniffing, violin-loving, super-rational detective than a straightforward mystery. Shooting elegantly in England, Wilder and longtime co-writer I.A.L. Diamond mine humor from Holmes's suspect sexuality and make plain his drug habit. As played by Robert Stephens, their Holmes is a figure of melancholy and regret. His impossible romance with a woman who is his intellectual match reveals the incompatibility between a life of reason and a life of feeling, yet the poignant end of their relationship renders emotionally palpable what Holmes has lost by being a great detective. Episodic in structure and originally intended to be over three hours long, Sherlock Holmes was drastically cut after a disastrous preview; most of the cut footage is presumed lost. One hour shorter, it was a failure in 1970, but its critical reputation has since flourished due to its visual beauty and fine performances from Stephens, Colin Blakely as Dr. Watson, and Genevieve Page as Holmes's love. The laser disc version contained 12 minutes of restored footage.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/22/2014
UPC:
0738329132729
Original Release:
1970
Source:
Lorber Films (Kino)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
2:05:00
Sales rank:
4,336

Special Features

Christopher Lee: Mr. Holmes, Mr. Wilder featurette; Interview with editor Ernest Walter; Deleted scenes; Additional audio sequence: deleted epilogue scene; Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Stephens Sherlock Holmes
Colin Blakely Dr. John H. Watson
Irene Handl Mrs. Hudson
Genevieve Page Gabrielle Valladon
Stanley Holloway 1st Gravedigger
Christopher Lee Mycroft Holmes
Tamara Toumanova Petrova
Clive Revill Rogozhin
George Benson Inspector Lestrade
Catherine Lacey Old Lady
Mollie Maureen Queen Victoria
Peter Madden Von Tirpitz
Robert Cawdron Hotel Manager
Michael Elwyn Cassidy
Michael Balfour Cabby
Frank Thornton Porter
Kenneth Benda Minister
Graham Armitage Wiggins
John Garrie First Carter
Godfrey James 2d Carter
Philip Anthony Lieutenant Commander
Anne Blake Madame
Penny Brahms Actor
Martin Carroll Actor
James Copeland Guide
Eric Francis 2nd Gravedigger
John Gatrell Equerry
Paul Hansard Monk
Ina DeLa Haye Petrova's Maid
Annette Kerr Secretary
Wendy Lingham Actor
Alex McCrindle Baggageman
Kynaston Reeves Old Man
Philip Ross McKellar
John Scott Scientist
Paul Stassino Actor

Technical Credits
Billy Wilder Director,Producer,Screenwriter
David Blair Choreography
Christopher G. Challis Cinematographer
Harry Cordwell Set Decoration/Design
I.A.L. Diamond Screenwriter
Ernest Gasser Makeup
Julie Harris Costumes/Costume Designer
Tony Inglis Art Director
Cliff John Richardson Special Effects
Miklós Rózsa Score Composer
Alexandre Trauner Production Designer
Wally Veevers Special Effects
Ernest Walter Editor
Arthur Conan Doyle Source Author

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes
1. Chapter I
2. Chapter II
3. Chapter III
4. Chapter IV
5. Chapter V
6. Chapter VI
7. Chapter VII
8. Chapter VIII

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