Sunday, April 10, 2016

Elementary, my dear Watson

Sherlock Holmes is a cultural icon, and our image of him spans generations, from Basil Rathbone in the 1940's to today's Benedict Cumberbatch.  Our Literary Flick for April, the 1959 version of The Hound of the Baskervilles, stars Peter Cushing in the coveted role.  The film shows at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12 in the McEntee Meeting Room.

Legend has it that centuries before, Sir Hugo Baskerville was killed by a "Hound of Hell" while walking on the moor near his estate. His descendant, Sir Henry Baskerville (Sir Christopher Lee) believes his family is cursed, and hires Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson (AndrĂ© Morell) to investigate. Cushing's Holmes is vivid, dynamic and arrogant, exactly as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote him. It's a performance of steely integrity and terrific skill, one of the greatest Holmes performances ever. 

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