Thursday, January 12, 2017

Alice's Adventures in Film Editting...

“Have I gone mad?

I'm afraid so, but let me tell you something, the best people usually are.”
― Lewis Carroll, "Alice in Wonderland"


FreeThinke said...

_______ SHERLOCK HOLMES _______

Stories filled with stylish keen perception ––
Hair-raising adventure well controlled ––
Even in the grip of Evil’s wild deception
Raising goose bumps ––– we love what we’re told.

Lolling in an armchair by the fire,
Opening a volume, we’re content ––
Conan Doyle’s creation slakes desire
Kindled by the need for amusement.

Home for Holmes, those rooms in Baker Street,
Overseen by Martha Louise Hudson,
Laden with exotica replete
Made cozy for Sherlock, all-but her blood son,

Established –– with violin –– an atmosphere
Suited to enjoy thrills free from fear.

~ FreeThinke

That was written as a paean to the ORIGINAL Holmes. The The Bendadick Bumblesnatch evocation pleaseth me not.

Thersites said...

Jeremy Brett was the quintissential Holmes.

FreeThinke said...

I was always very fond of Basil Rathbone's portrayal, and still am, but have to agree that Jeremy Brett –– and the splendid, beautifully detailed productions that supported and surrounded him –– are altogether superior.

I wish PBS would rebroadcast those episodes. This modern or is it "post-Modern" version of Holmes is irritating and irksome in the extreme. Cumberbatch is a good actor, but I despise the material he's been given in this misbegotten new-fangled travesty of Conan Dole's immortal character.

The atmosphere of Victorian London with its horse drawn carriages clopping along in cobble stoned streets and gaslit interiors is very possibly THE most defining character in all the Sherlock Holmes stories. London and those vast, often gloomy country houses harboring deep dark secrets.

FreeThinke said...

I'd like to see Cumberbatch in something else –– something more typically ENGLISH. His Sherlock is borderline offensive, but that's not his fault –– or IS it?