Capital Celluloid - Day 159: Friday June 10

The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (Wilder, 1970): Lexi Cinema, Kensal Rise, 8.30pm
With introduction by Mark Gatiss

Mark Gatiss of League of Gentlemen and BBC-TV's Sherlock fame will be along to discuss his favourite movie adaptation at a screening which launches the Queens Park Book Festival.

While this film is not typical of Wilder's output, this was a pet project of his and ranks among the director's greatest works.

Here is the Time Out review:

'A wonderful, cruelly underrated film. Although there are some terrifically funny moments, and on one level the Wilder/Diamond conception of Conan Doyle's hero does tend to debunk the myth of the perfect sleuth (there are allusions to his misogyny and cocaine addiction), this alternative vision of Holmes sets up a stylish and totally appropriate story (concerning dwarfs, dead canaries, and the Loch Ness monster) as a context in which to explain the reason for Holmes' forsaking of his emotional life to become a thinking machine. Betrayal and lost love are the elements that catalyse this process, turning Holmes from a fallible romantic into a disillusioned cynic. With a stunning score by Miklós Rozsa, carefully modulated performances, lush location photography, and perfect sets by Trauner, it is Wilder's least embittered film and by far his most moving.' Geoff Andrew

Here is the wonderful opening.

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