Learn the Secrets of 221B Baker St.: The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes This Wednesday at the Portage

The Portage Theater – 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave – 7:30 – $5.00 per ticket
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February 8
Directed by Billy Wilder • 1970
The revisionist spirit was everywhere in Hollywood in the late 1960s, with western mythos receiving special scrutiny in such fare as The Wild Bunch and Little Big Man. Beside these, the private life of one Sherlock Holmes hardly seems like an urgent subject for review, but then, this isn’t an urgent kind of picture. Robert Stephens stars as a cocaine-addicted, possibly homosexual Holmes; Colin Blakely contributes a media-savvy, slight nebbish rendition of Dr. Watson. When a mysterious Belgian woman (Genevieve Page) washes up on the steps of 221B Baker St., Holmes and Watson begin unraveling a mystery that circuitously leads to the rolling hills of Scotland, the Loch Ness Monster, and the nascent military-industrial complex. Taking the core of Arthur Conan Doyle’s characters and venturing blunt conjectures about their secret desires and neuroses, Billy Wilder and I. A. L. Diamond fashion an obsessive and unhurried tribute to Holmes and his world. The consistently astonishing production design by Alexander Trauner recreates every speck of dust on Holmes’s bureau, and Miklos Rosza contributes a highly romantic score. (KW)
125 min • The Mirisch Corporation for United Artists • 35mm from MGM
Cartoon: Daffy Duck in “The Great Piggy Bank Robbery” (Robert Clampett, 1946) – 16mm

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