Willy Wilder’s Private Life of Sherlock Holmes on Blu-Ray
I have news to gladden the hearts of Holmesians and fans of celebrated film director Billy Wilder.
The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, now widely considered to the best Sherlock Holmes film ever made is being released by Masters of Cinema in a special Blu-ray edition this January.
This cinematic jewel stars Sir Robert Stephens, as a deliciously camp Sherlock Holmes, gallantly fending off baby making trysts with Russian divas by declaring he is a gay hemophiliac, in love with Dr Watson, his ‘glass of tea’, played to perfection by Colin Blakely. The film also starts the marvellous Christopher Lee as Sherlock’s brother, Mycroft Holmes.
Like many masterpieces of cinema, Wilder’s film wasn’t box office gold, when it was first released in 1970. It took a while to catch fire. Now it is adored by Holmesians like Mark Gattis, who plays Mycroft Holmes in the BBC’s hugely acclaimed Sherlock Holmes series on BBC 1. “It is my favourite Sherlock Holmes film,” declares Gattis. “When I was eight and I saw it for the first time, it had a profound effect on me; I just adore it. It is most both respectful to Conan Doyle and irreverent; it is also melancholy and very funny.”
The plot is vintage Arthur Conan Doyle. Sherlock is tasked with finding a missing husband after a mysterious woman is fished out of the Thames. As Dr Watson declares, the case is on, and their case takes them to Scotland, and encounters with monk, dwarves and the Loch Ness Monster. It’s the perfect viewing for a winter’s night.
The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (Masters of Cinema) New & Exclusive Trailer https://youtu.be/sFvUB6cn_IA
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Did You Know That
Mark Gattis has revealed that his own version of Mycroft Holmes is hugely influenced by Christopher Lee’s portrait of Mycroft in the Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, in which Mycroft becomes a more interesting and sophisticated character, in a fractious relationship with his brother, Sherlock.