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The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes
- Robert Stephens

Overview - In what may be the director's most personal film, he makes use of incidents from his own life in exploring the mystery of Sherlock Holmes' sexual preference and past romances. Robert Stephens stars as the fictional detective, shooting cocaine to alleviate the boredom that plagues him between cases.  Read more...

 
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Overview

In what may be the director's most personal film, he makes use of incidents from his own life in exploring the mystery of Sherlock Holmes' sexual preference and past romances. Robert Stephens stars as the fictional detective, shooting cocaine to alleviate the boredom that plagues him between cases. But his ennui evaporates when he and longtime colleague Dr. Watson (Colin Blakely) receive tickets to the performance of a Russian ballet company. Afterwards, Petrova (Tamara Toumanova), the prima ballerina asks Holmes to become the father of his child, intending to combine her beauty with his intellect. Homes refuses on the basis that he and Watson are lovers, greatly annoying his staunchly heterosexual companion, who begins to wonder whether the detective really is gay. Before this mystery can be solved, the two men find Gabrielle Valladon (Genvieve Page), a beautiful and intriguing woman in the grip of amnesia, on their doorstep. When she remembers that she's seeking her husband, Holmes agrees to take the case, and is soon off to Scotland. Matters grow progressively more bizarre, as the detective must deal with the Loch Ness monster, a family of midgets, and an experimental submarine. Unique among the director's films, it's steeped in a bittersweet romanticism, expressing a vulnerabilty and self-doubt found nowhere else in the body of his work. Robert Stephens, who was so overwhelmed by the intense sense of self-loathing Wilder wished him to explore that he attempted suicide during production, is excellent as Holmes, and the florid romanticism of Miklos Rosza's violin concerto creates a suitable ambiance.

Cast List

Billy Wilder - Director/screenwriter/producer
Samuel Wilder - Director/screenwriter/producer
Miklos Rozsa - Hollywood Composer, THIEF OF BAGDAD (1940), BEN-HUR (1959)
Christopher Lee - British actor, DRACULA (1958)
Genevieve Page - French Supporting Actress
Colin Blakely - British Actor
Colin Blakeley - British Actor
Clive Revill - Nz Actor/In USA & UK
Clive Selsby - Nz Actor/In USA & UK
Peter Madden - British Character Actor
Irene Handl - British Supporting Actress
I. A. L. Diamond - Screenwriter/Collaborator of Billy Wilder
Isadore A. L. Diamond - Screenwriter/Collaborator of Billy Wilder
Izzy Diamond - Screenwriter/Collaborator of Billy Wilder
Tony Inglis - Art Director
Ernest Walter - Editor
Ernie Walter - Editor
Alexandre Trauner - Art Director
Alexander Trauner - Art Director
Stanley Holloway - British Actor/Singer
Robert Stephens - British Actor
Christopher Challis - British Diretor of Photography

 
Details
    Blu-Ray Disc Format
  • Format: Blu-Ray
  • Run Time: 125
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 738329132828
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Rating: PG-13 (MPAA)
  • Release Date: July 2014

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Related Keywords:
Detectives
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Reviews:
"...A vastly entertaining romp." -- Rating: B+ - 06/10/1994 Entertainment Weekly, p.73


"...It's one of history's most famous Holy Grail movies..." - 06/24/1994 USA Today, p.3D


"Beautifully shot....It's gorgeous. Robert Stephens is a complex Holmes, Colin Blakely a most human Watson." - 07/01/2004 Uncut, p.144


"Wilder's venture into Conan Doyle territory is thoughtful, strangely melancholic and steers well clear of camp." - 08/01/2004 Sight and Sound, p.77

 
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