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The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970)

Cast: Robert Stephens, Colin Blakely, Geneviève Page, more...
Director: Billy Wilder
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Studio: MGM
Genre: Foreign, UK
Running Time: 125 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Synopsis
In Billy Wilder's cinematic homage to the spirit of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. British stage luminary Robert Stephens plays Holmes, while Colin Blakely is his friend and chronicler Dr. Watson. This self-described "hitherto suppressed and thoroughly fascinating" tale concerns Holmes' search for a missing mining engineer--a case that may have a far-reaching effect on the national security of England. Along the way, Holmes falls in love for the first time in his life, with enigmatic foreign beauty Gabrielle Valladon (Genevieve Page).In this 1970 film, Wilder emphasizes such then-current topics as homosexuality (notably during the film's prologue) and drug addiction. Christopher Lee, a former screen Holmes himself, has a cameo (minus toupee) as Sherlock's brother Mycroft Holmes. Heavily re-edited and rearranged both before and after its release, The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes was a box-office disappointment when it first came out 1970. Since that time, its reputation has grown immeasurably, especially among those lucky enough to have seen a complete print. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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Wilder made this?! by itchy008 August 20, 2004 - 2:20 PM PDT
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0 out of 1 members found this review helpful
A very disappointing Billy Wilder film and a crummy mystery that involves midgets and Nessie.

Has one great line from Dr. Watson: "How can it be a figment of my imagination when you have been telling me for years now that I have no imagination?''

It's the pictures that got smaller by cammelltoe January 27, 2004 - 10:51 AM PST
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1 out of 2 members found this review helpful
I was a little worried by watching a latter day film from a director i loved--- sometimes what worked so well for a filmmaker in the past becomes embarrassingly stale and pandering when times change(Tim Burton is beginning to look like a modern example,sadly). While not quite on the level of SUNSET BOULEVARD or The APARTMENT, PRIVATE LIFE...is a enjoyable romp of tongue-in-cheek revisionism that deserves your attention. Wilder's gift for airtight plotting and sincere, bittersweet romanticism are as genius as ever, plus Robert Stephens performance as a sexually ambivalent Holmes is (unintentionally?)
great. Recommended.




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