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Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970) (Region 1 DVD)

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Mastered in HD - the 'acting, photography and score are tops' (Leonard Maltin) in this lively satirical homage from legendary director Billy Wilder (Sunset Boulevard) and his long-time writing partner I.A.L. Diamond (The Apartment). When a beautiful woman claims that her dear husband has disappeared, the investigation takes Sherlock Holmes (Robert Stephens) and Dr. Watson (Colin Blakely) to Scotland, when to their surprise, they uncover a plot involving a clandestine society, Her Majesty's Secret Service and the Loch Ness Monster! But before he can deduce matters to the elementary, Holmes makes an error that may jeopardize the national safety of Britain and ruin his reputation! the stellar supporting cast includes Christopher Lee, Genevieve Page, Tamara Toumanova, Clive Revill and Stanley Holloway.

Product Details

Barcode
738329132729
Department
Movies & TV
Released
22 Jul 2014
Type
Movies
Format
DVD
Genre
Thriller
Sub-genre
Mystery & Thrillers
Region
Region 1
Studio
Lorber Films (Kino)
Runtime
125 min
Age Restriction
PG13
Supply Source
USA

Movie

Title
Private Life of Sherlock Holmes
Release Year
1970
Running Time
125 min
Language
English
Categories
Comedies / Detectives / Essential Cinema / Kidnapping And Missing Persons / Monsters / Recommended
Synopsis
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.
Release Notes
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Cast & Crew
Director
Billy Wilder
Star
Colin Blakely / Irene Handl / Stanley Holloway / Christopher Lee / Peter Madden / Genevieve Page / Clive Revill / Robert Stephens
Screenwriter
I. A. L. Diamond
Composer
Miklos Rozsa
Producer
Billy Wilder
Editor
Ernest Walter
Production Designer
Alexandre Trauner
Art Director
Tony Inglis
Cinematographer
Christopher Challis
Writer
Billy Wilder
Movie Critics
Entertainment Weekly
"...A vastly entertaining romp." -- Rating: B+
Steve Simels (10 Jun 1994, p.73)
Sight and Sound
"Wilder's venture into Conan Doyle territory is thoughtful, strangely melancholic and steers well clear of camp."
Geoffrey Macnab (1 Aug 2004, p.77)
Uncut
"Beautifully shot....It's gorgeous. Robert Stephens is a complex Holmes, Colin Blakely a most human Watson."
Uncut Staff (1 Jul 2004, p.144)
USA Today
"...It's one of history's most famous Holy Grail movies..."
Mike Clark (24 Jun 1994, p.3D)