Sherlock Holmes, 1900 Style

basil rathbone-sherlock holmesYou probably read the stories as a kid. Maybe you caught an old flick with Basil Rathbone as Holmes on late night tv. Maybe you queued up at the cineplex in 2009 for Guy Ritchie’s fast-paced modern adaptation. Maybe you just passed the weekend with Ritchie’s sequel Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.

No matter how you know Sherlock Holmes, you definitely know him. It’s a testament to the complex character introduced by Arthur Conan Doyle in 1887 that Sherlock Holmes persists to the this day. And Holmes is very plastic, a man of fashion (if you will), able to contort and conform to each succeeding generation’s expectation. Holmes is always Holmes, but you get the Holmes you need.

For a completely awesome mini-history of Sherlock’s 111 years long travel through cinemea, check out The Atlantic’s “Film’s 111-Year Obsession with Sherlock Holmes.” But first, see where it all started with this 1900 Sherlock Holmes adaptation, “Baffled”:

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Posted on December 19, 2011, in Genre, Miscellany, Silent Film and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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