The world’s most popular detective – Sherlock Holmes – brought thrillingly to life in this most famous of all Conan Doyle’s stories. Presented with suitably atmospheric live piano accompaniment by Mike Nolan.
The atmosphere of a fun Saturday matinée entertainment runs throughout this entertaining film, with secret passages, spooky suits of armour, and a dastardly villain creeping about the shadowy ancestral Baskerville home and foggy moors. This, the last Sherlock Holmes film of the silent era, has itself been the subject of mystery and intrigue. The original 35mm nitrate film was stored (some say ‘hidden’) in the basement of a Polish priest, where it lay undetected for decades, until it was discovered and eventually restored. In this enjoyable incarnation, Sherlock Holmes bears many of the hallmarks we have come to expect from the iconic sleuth: imperious arrogance, a deerstalker hat and of course a disdainful but fond relationship with his Dr Watson.
Dir. Richard Oswald | Germany | 1929 | N/C PG | b&w | English intertitles | 1h 5m
(note: Incomplete. Brief narrative gap bridged with still images from Deutsches Filminstitut)
With: Carlyle Blackwell, George Sarof, Fritz Rasp
Performing live: Mike Nolan (piano)
Restoration & screening material courtesy of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival & the Filmoteka
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