Book #5

Starring Sherlock Holmes by David Stuart Davies

This book, admittedly a bit of a departure from my usual stuff, was a history of Sherlock Holmes in film and television. I was in my early teens when I read the Sherlock Holmes stories and saw Jeremy Brett starring as Holmes on Masterpiece Theatre. (Yes, clearly, my pre-teen to early teen years were a non-stop thrill ride, as I personally lowered the average age of the Masterpiece Theatre viewer by about a decade). This book talks about that series, but also discusses German Sherlock Holmes movies, silent Sherlock Holmes movies, even, God help us all, a recent movie where Rupert Everett played Sherlock Holmes. Brief mention was also given to at least two pornographic Sherlock Holmes movies. Yes, I’m not kidding.

The book was an interesting read, and the different ways of adapting AC Doyle’s stories tell a lot more about the social mores of the particular time than it does about Sherlock himself. Not a bad book, but much like the last one, if you aren’t interested in the underlying subject, this probably wouldn’t change your mind.

Joe

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2 Responses to “Book #5”

  1. Barbara C. Says:

    Did you know that Dr. Gregory House is based on Sherlock Holmes? They have a little blurb about it on one of the “House” Wikipedia pages.

  2. eljoe1235 Says:

    I did not know that. From the little I know about the show, I can see certain resemblances though. The idea of a sort of mental superman who is also an anti-hero because he’s frankly kind of an ass seems to be the overarching connection. I’m sort of sad I’d never picked up on that– thanks for pointing it out!

    Joe

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