Sherlock Holmes (1922) Film screening with piano accompaniment
A thrill ride throughout, Sherlock Holmes (1922) is one of the landmark titles in the ever-popular adventures of the super sleuth. Introduced by Matthew Sweet (BBC Radio 3’s Free Thinking).
Starring the great John Barrymore as Arthur Conan Doyle’s celebrated Sherlock Holmes, this adaptation from the hugely popular stage version by William Gillette not only provided Barrymore with one of his most prestigious early roles, but also presented the screen debuts of two notable actors: William Powell (The Thin Man) and Roland Young (Topper).
When a young prince (Reginald Denny) is accused of a crime that could embroil him in international scandal, Holmes comes to his aid and quickly discovers that behind the incident lurks a criminal mastermind, the infamous Professor Moriarty (Gustav von Seyffertitz), who is eager to reduce Western civilisation to anarchy.
With thanks to the George Eastman House. Live musical accompaniment by Stephen Horne.
Sherlock Holmes is part of Bristol Ideas’ 2022 series Modernism1922 which explores the worlds of film, literature, music, politics and more 100 years ago. It is run as a tribute to Kevin Jackson. His book, Constellation of Genius: 1922: Modernism and All That Jazz, tells the story of that remarkable year.
This screening is part of Opening Up the Magic Box, a heritage element of Film 2021 which marks the centenary of the death of Bristol-born film pioneer William Friese-Greene and the 125th anniversary of the first public cinema screening in Bristol, which took place at the Tivoli on 8 June 1896, as well as celebrating Bristol – a UNESCO City of Film since 2017. It is generously funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
Stephen Horne has long been internationally considered one of the leading silent film accompanists. A house pianist at London’s BFI Southbank for 30 years, he has played at all the major UK venues and recorded music for many DVD releases of silent films. Although principally a pianist, he often incorporates other instruments into his performances, sometimes simultaneously.
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