The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes


Time Out says

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.

By: GA


Release details

125 mins

Cast and crew

Billy Wilder
Billy Wilder, IAL Diamond
Robert Stephens
Colin Blakely
Irene Handl
Christopher Lee
Tamara Toumanova
Genevieve Page
Clive Revill
Catherine Lacey
Stanley Holloway
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