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The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes

Comedy, Drama
2h 5m
Director Billy Wilder adds a new and intriguing twist to the personality of intrepid detective Sherlock Holmes. One thing hasn't changed however: Holmes' crime-solving talents. Holmes and Dr. Watson take on the case of a beautiful woman whose husband has vanished. The investigation proves strange indeed, involving six missing midgets, villainous monks, a Scottish castle, the Loch Ness monster, and covert naval experiments. Can the sleuths make sense of all this and solve the mystery? (imdb)
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"Holmes, let me ask you a question. I hope I'm not being presumptuous, but… there have been women in your life, haven't there?" "The answer is yes, you're being presumptuous. Good night."
This is a famous tragedy. Censorship gave up and said, virtually, Do what you like. A case can be made that such opponents of censorship as Hitchcock, Preminger, and Wilder were suddenly lost. They had specialized in being naughty - now they could be frank. And I suspect that Wilder was not ready to make and open film about gayness. The casting was wrong. Alexandre Trauner did the sets and spared nothing, but the sets are inert, not fun, and not often explored by the action.
Billy Wilder takes a few liberties, but for the most part stays true to the character and produces an entertaining mystery/thriller. It's not especially funny, and the opening is squandered on what is essentially a half-hour long "LOL GAY" joke, but other than that it's sufficiently enjoyable. Robert Stephens makes a decent Holmes, and Colin Blakely's Watson is preferable to Nigel Bruce's bumbling buffoon portrayal. Some nice shots of the Scottish landscape, too.
I do not remember when I saw last time this bad casting, characterizing and written story. There's a lot of interesting sides of Mr. Holmes, but the film itself is an almost complete disapointment. After so much of ludicrousness the story appears to conclude everything very nicely and I have to add quite much of extra points for good ending and a general ideas of the story. But still majority of the film is baloney.
Seems more about the private life of Billy Wilder than Sherlock Holmes. Still the mystery is pretty engrossing by the time it finally gets started.
Avg Percentile 53.71% from 403 total ratings

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