With an introduction from Rob Byrne, President, Board of Directors at San Francisco Silent Film Festival.
The world’s most popular detective brought thrillingly to life in this most famous of all Conan Doyle’s stories, now restored and given its UK premiere at HippFest. An atmosphere of Saturday matinee entertainment runs throughout, with secret passages, spooky suits of armour, and a dastardly villain creeping about the shadowy ancestral Baskerville home and foggy moors. This, the last Sherlock Holmes film of the silent era, has itself been the subject of mystery and intrigue, the nitrate original being stored (some say hidden) in a Polish priest’s basement for decades.
In this enjoyable incarnation Holmes bears some of the hallmarks we have come to expect: arrogance, a deerstalker hat and a disdainful but fond relationship with his Watson.
Dir. Richard Oswald | Germany | 1929 | N/C PG | b&w | English intertitles | 1h 5m (+ short accompanied by Stephen Gellatly)
With: Carlyle Blackwell, George Saroff, Fritz Rasp
Performing live: Mike Nolan (piano)
Restoration and screening material courtesy of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival & the Filmoteka Narodowa – Instytut Audiowizualny.
** If you like this, then try our Holmes of the Movies Cuppa Talk