Sherlock Holmes Film Festival
Presented by Herberger Theater and ASU Center for Film, Media and Popular Culture
March 24, 2017 – March 25, 2017
In celebration of the great detective with piercing observation and deduction skills, we are featuring four film interpretations of the popular and immortal stories of Sherlock Holmes spanning 100 years. Discussions/Q&As with a world renowned silent film composer, Sherlock Holmes scholar and screenwriter of one of the featured films follow select screenings. Whether you are a first-timer or devoted Sherlockian, join us for a weekend of delightful mystery, intrigue and some of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most unforgettable characters.
Friday, March 24, 7:30pm
Sherlock Holmes (1916, Silent)
When a couple of swindlers hold young Alice Faulkner against her will in order to discover the whereabouts of letters that could spell scandal for the royal family, Sherlock Holmes is on the case. Accompanied with live music composed and performed by Donald Sosin.
Director: Arthur Berthelet
Screenplay: William Gillette (play) and H.S. Sheldon (scenario)
Starring: William Gillette, Marjorie Kay, Ernest Maupain
Source: Flickr Alley
Until 2014, all versions of this film were long-thought lost. This newly-restored edition of Berthelet’s silent film is one of the earliest appearances of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detective.
Discussion/Q&A after with world renowned silent film composer and accompanist Donald Sosin and Sherlock Holmes scholar Russell Merritt. Moderator: Dr. Peter Lehman
Saturday, March 25, 11am
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson (1979)
A Russian adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s novels about Sherlock Holmes. It is the first of a five-part television film series. The film is divided into two episodes, “Acquaintance” and “Bloody Inscription.” Shown in Russian with English subtitles.
Director: Igor Maslennikov
Starring: Vasily Livanov, Vitaly Solomin, Rina Zelyonaya
Saturday, March 25, 2pm
The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970)
When a bored Holmes eagerly takes the case of Gabrielle Valladon after an attempt on her life, the search for her missing husband leads to Loch Ness and the legendary monster.
Director: Billy Wilder
Screenplay: Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond
Starring: Robert Stephens, Christopher Lee, Colin Blakely
Saturday, March 25, 4:30pm
Hound of the Baskervilles (1939)
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson investigate the legend of a supernatural hound, a beast that may be stalking a young heir on the fog-shrouded moorland that makes up his estate.
Director: Sidney Lanfield
Screenplay: Ernest Pascal
Starring: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Richard Greene
Source: Criterion/Global Eagle Entertainment
Saturday, March 25, 7pm
Mr. Holmes (2015)
An aged, retired Sherlock Holmes deals with early dementia as he tries to remember both his final case and a mysterious woman whose memory haunts him. He also befriends a fan, the young son of his housekeeper, who wants him to work again.
Director: Bill Condon
Screenplay: Jeffrey Hatcher
Starring: Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Hiroyuki Sanada
Discussion/Q&A after with Mr. Holmes screenwriter Jeffrey Hatcher and Sherlock Holmes scholar Russell Merritt.
VIP Festival Pass
Admission to all featured films, Discussion/Q&As and more.
General Admission: $40
ASU Student/Seniors: $35
Enjoy cocktail specials, snacks and sweets from Put a Fork In It Catering.
Jeffrey Hatcher is an award-winning writer for stage, screen, and television. He has written screenplays for the films “The Duchess” with Kiera Knightley and Ralph Fiennes, “Casanova” with Heath Ledger and Sienna Miller, “Stage Beauty” with Billy Crudup and Claire Danes, and, most recently, “Mr. Holmes,” starring Ian McKellen. He has also written episodes of “Columbo,” “The Mentalist,” and the TV movie, “Murder at the Cannes Film Festival.” His plays and adaptations include the book for the Broadway musical “Never Gonna Dance,” “Three Viewings,” “A Picasso,” “Scotland Road,” “The Turn of the Screw,” “Tuesdays with Morrie (with Mitch Albom), “Ten Chimneys,” “Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club,” “Compleat Female Stage Beauty” “Mrs. Mannerly,” “Murderers,” “Ella,” “Mercy of a Storm,” “Smash,” “Armadale,” “Korczak’s Children,” “To Fool the Eye,” “The Falls,” “A Piece of the Rope,” “Louder Faster,” “What’s the Word For,” “John Gabriel Borkman,” “Brand,” “An Enemy of the People,” “Pillars of Society,” “The Government Inspector,” “The Good Soldier,” “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” and others hundreds of theaters in the U.S. and abroad. His most recent adaptation is John Kennedy Toole’s “A Confederacy of Dunces,” starring Nick Offerman as “Ignatius J. Reilly.”
Professor Russell Merritt has taught at Cal Berkeley in the Department of Film & Media since 1986, is a member of the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, and a member of the Baker Street Irregulars. Although by day he writes and teaches courses on art house cinema, animation, D.W. Griffith, Sergei Eisenstein, and early film, he has not overcome his boyhood fascination with Holmes and Conan Doyle, and continues to write about them. Among his non-Sherlockian publications, he has written two books with J.B. Kaufman on Walt Disney’s early films:, Walt Disney’s Silly Symphonies and Walt in Wonderland. He has also produced and directed the Great Nickelodeon Show, a recreation of a turn-of-the-century nickelodeon program which has played at the Telluride Film Festival, Il Giornate del Cinema Muto, the Los Angeles Film Festival, in San Francisco and for the grand opening of the Berkeley Art Museum. It is scheduled for the TCM Film Festival in 2017.