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Dec 23 09 5:39 PM
Dec 23 09 6:53 PM
Bill Warren wrote:
I didn't care much one way or the other about the Jack the Ripper plot of MURDER BY DECREE, partly because it's based on a
theory that was thoroughly discredited when the movie was made--
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Dec 24 09 12:25 AM
That's interesting. Are you saying that a work of imagination needs to be based on absolute authenticity before you can care about
it one way or the other?
I think the Plummer / Mason interplay as Holmes and Watson magnitudes better because it is understated and genuine.
The director, in his commentary, comments that these two actors had great respect for each other and a genuine rapport which is certainly apparent, to me,
when I watch the film.
I don't agree with the criticism that Mason plays Watson as a bumbling fuddy-duddy, either.
He plays Watson as an older, traditional Englishman, which Mason was, but also as a very capable man.
Dec 24 09 8:27 AM
Bill Warren wrote:
I'm flabbergasted by that question....
Dec 24 09 9:25 AM
There was a fun episode of the first TWILIGHT ZONE revival that had JFK involved with time travel before Dallas. I think most of us would consider that
story element "discredited," but it didn't make the story work less well as fiction.
As far as Plummer & Mason being somehow some form of Ascended Masters of their craft, as opposed to such lowly fellow practitioners as Basil Rathbone,
Robert Duvall, Jeremy Brett, Colin Blakely, and many others, I respectfully, but very strongly, disagree.
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Dec 29 09 4:00 PM
Murder by Decree lost me the moment they showed Holmes wearing a deerstalker and cape to the opera...
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Dec 30 09 1:00 AM
Gord Shriver wrote:
On the opposite side of the wardrobe issue, I watched THE PRIVATE LIFE OF SHERLOCK HOLMES again this weekend (one of the best Holmes films and of Billy
Wilder's), and in it, Robert Stephens chastises Watson for his florid writings and mentions "the costume I'm expected to wear". I can
cetainly see Peter O'Toole as Holmes, capturing the character's eccentricities and sometimes fey manner.
Dec 30 09 1:06 AM
Although I have a fondness for A STUDY IN TERROR, I just watched it again last night and was struck by how ineffectual Holmes is in it. John Neville made an
excellent Holmes, but he never really seems to deduce anything of importance.
Dec 30 09 1:25 AM
Dec 30 09 1:33 AM
I actually thought the level of Holmesian deductions was fairly high, for example in the way he traced the medical kit back to the proper pawn shop by
noting, among other things, the way the velvet lining had faded in the sunlight. It had a true Conan Doyle flavor (like the parsley sinking into the butter).
Dec 31 09 6:09 PM
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