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Thu Oct 2, 2014, 06:48 PM

SHERLOCK HOLMES: 100-YEARS-LOST FILM FOUND AT CINÉMATHÈQUE FRANÇAISE

Source: Silent Film org

The silent film version of Sherlock Holmes starring William Gillette has been found! Long considered lost since its first release, the Gillette film is a vital missing link in the history of Holmes on screen. Directed by Arthur Berthelet and produced by Essanay Studios in 1916, it was discovered at the Cinémathèque Française only a few weeks ago.

By the time the film was made, Gillette had been established as the world’s foremost interpreter of Holmes on stage. He gave his face and manner to the detective and inspired the classic illustrations of Frederic Dorr Steele. Dynamic but calm, he played Holmes in the colorful attire—bent-stemmed briar, ornate dressing gown, and deerstalker cap—that has been identified ever since with the character. Just as durable was Gillette’s distinctive bearing, preserved in the film: the charismatic, all-seeing detective who dominates scenes with his preternatural stillness.

Booth Tarkington famously wrote after seeing Gillette on stage, “I would rather see you play Sherlock Holmes than be a child again on Christmas morning.” For the well-known Chicago bookman, Vincent Starrett, Gillette was beyond criticism. But perhaps the most telling accolade came from Arthur Conan Doyle himself, who had killed Holmes off and thought he was through with the character. After reading Gillette’s adaptation for the stage, he said, “It’s good to see the old chap back.”

“Sir Arthur, you don’t know the half of it,” says Professor Russell Merritt, the supervising editor of the project and member of the Baker Street Irregulars. “At last we get to see for ourselves the actor who kept the first generation of Sherlockians spellbound. We can also see where the future Holmeses—Rathbone, Brett, Cumberbatch, and the rest—come from. As far as Holmes is concerned, there’s not an actor dead or alive who hasn’t consciously or intuitively played off Gillette.”

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Read more: http://www.silentfilm.org/homepage/whats-new/lost-and-found

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Reply SHERLOCK HOLMES: 100-YEARS-LOST FILM FOUND AT CINÉMATHÈQUE FRANÇAISE (Original post)
Omaha Steve Oct 2014 OP
big_dog Oct 2014 #1
WinkyDink Oct 2014 #2
Omaha Steve Oct 2014 #4
hollysmom Oct 2014 #3
mucifer Oct 2014 #5
Geoff R. Casavant Oct 2014 #8
randome Oct 2014 #12
Tikki Oct 2014 #6
drm604 Oct 2014 #7
shenmue Oct 2014 #9
freshwest Oct 2014 #10
muriel_volestrangler Oct 2014 #11
freshwest Oct 2014 #14
BumRushDaShow Oct 2014 #13
TeamPooka Oct 2014 #15

Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Oct 2, 2014, 06:56 PM

1. still

 

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Oct 2, 2014, 07:24 PM

2. Gotta love a treasure found! SH was my childhood intro to detective fiction, and I've never looked

 

back!

(I prefer Basil Rathbone, though!)

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Response to WinkyDink (Reply #2)

Thu Oct 2, 2014, 07:33 PM

4. There is a lurker on the DU that knew Basil


David is a retired Hollywood liberal. He was at the party in the Ambassador Hotel when Bobby was assassinated.

Marta doesn't care for the Basil films because they stray from the books. But when the complete Blu-ray restored collection was on super sale, I bought it. Review here: http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Sherlock-Holmes-The-Complete-Collection-Blu-ray/19232/#Review







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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Oct 2, 2014, 07:25 PM

3. so great. I love when old things are found (aka pack rat)

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Oct 2, 2014, 09:06 PM

5. I'm hoping it's public domain and will appear on archive.org

You can hear radio adaptations of Sherlock Holmes stories from the '30s '40s and '50s and some old public domain sherlock holmes stuff from tv that is public domain.


Thanks for posting!

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Response to mucifer (Reply #5)

Thu Oct 2, 2014, 09:43 PM

8. It certainly is public domain.

Everything before 1922, if I recall correctly, is now in the public domain.

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Response to mucifer (Reply #5)

Fri Oct 3, 2014, 09:11 AM

12. I have about 15 of the radio broadcasts, most with Rathbone, on my iPod.

 

A different era and a different way of 'seeing' the stories.
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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Oct 2, 2014, 09:17 PM

6. Oooh, William Gillett was a good looking man...

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..love the do

And a great actor according to the article...


Tikki

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Oct 2, 2014, 09:42 PM

7. Very Cool

This popcorn is for a good thing.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Oct 3, 2014, 02:28 AM

9. Yes!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Oct 3, 2014, 05:04 AM

10. Great! I have most versions on my Mac. Good to settle down with on a cold winter evening...

Reading, watching or listening to it, imagining a warm fire in Sherlock's Baker Street digs was like Dickens, made one feel grateful to be indoors. The last actor I saw was Jeremy Brett and the BBC series he was in, ended when he passed away.




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Response to freshwest (Reply #10)

Fri Oct 3, 2014, 07:13 AM

11. That was actually an ITV series, not BBC

The BBC tends to get credit for anything serious and British that gets shown on American TV, but a lot has been the independent, commercial, ITV - the original Upstairs, Downstairs, The World At War, the Brett Sherlock Holmes, Morse, and quite a lot more.

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Reply #11)

Fri Oct 3, 2014, 01:14 PM

14. True, Granada/ITV is the frontpiece but was packaged here as if the BBC owned it.

It was part of the WGBH PBS BBC Mystery show here.

Mystery! (also written MYSTERY!) is an episodic television series that debuted in 1980 in the USA. It airs on PBS and is produced by WGBH. The show has brought a large number of detective series and television movies- most of them British productions from the BBC or the ITV companies and usually adapted from mystery fiction literary sources- to air on American television.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mystery!

Later I was able to see BBC News on its own, but liked most of the series there, and also Doctor Who as they ran the Tom Baker years over and over again. Some of the campiest science fiction ever with beautiful countryside mixed into it at times. I was surprised how violence was portrayed, with just a slight slap knocking someone over, none ofthe gruesomeness of American television.

To us it was just British TV. The last Doctor Who I saw was the 'movie' which was 'American' violence style, not as good as the Tennant era but the sound effects in later efforts really turned me off and I never quite got any of the new Whovian efforts. I'm not sure if they are actually for children as the original series was said to be and long on personality. It was a bygone era by the time we saw it here.

But you are correct, and I was punch drunk from lack of sleep posting to get that detail right. I hope no one else comes along and reads that, but not this. Thanks for clarifying it.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Oct 3, 2014, 11:41 AM

13. Cool. Have to mention to Mom

since she is a long time fan...

When our family took a vacation to London in 1970, we stopped by the location of the fictional "221B" Baker Street (way before the museum opened up). The helpful cabbie took us there!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Oct 3, 2014, 04:10 PM

15. If Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law aren't in it then I'm out. nt :)

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