Our second film following the film career of Sherlock Holmes is The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, the 1970 film directed and produced by Billy Wilder; he also shared writing credit with his longtime collaborator I. A. L. Diamond. It starred Robert Stephens (father of Toby Stephens) as Sherlock Holmes and Colin Blakely as Dr. Watson. As described on Wikipedia, “The film offers an affectionate, slightly parodic look at the man behind the public façade, and draws a distinction between the "real" Holmes and the character portrayed by Watson in his stories for The Strand magazine.”
Set in 1887 it purports to treat a subject of "a delicate and sometimes scandalous nature." The case has to do with the mysterious appearance, on Holmes's and Dr. Watson's front doorstep, of a beautiful Belgian lady, just fished out of the Thames, and the equally mysterious disappearance of her engineer husband.
The cutting of this film has been the subject of controversy among film buffs. As the reviewer for the Chicago Reader points out, “more than 40 minutes from the original film hurts its initial continuity, but once the action begins, this takes on a magical quality that makes it one of Wilder's best efforts. Affectionately conceived, chock-full of marvelous subtleties, this meticulously constructed adventure-romance shouldn't be missed.”
We agree! And hope that the chance to get one more visit in with a Billy Wilder film in 2015 will inspire fans to come and see the Wilder version of Sherlock…
All are welcome to attend, no registration is required. The fllm begins at 6:00 p.m. in Meeting Rm. B.
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