Presented by Herberger Theater and ASU Center for Film, Media and Popular Culture
March 24, 2017 – March 25, 2017
In celebration of the great detective with piercing observation and deduction skills, we are featuring five films of the popular and immortal stories of Sherlock Holmes spanning 100 years. Discussion/Q&A with a world renowned silent film composer, Sherlock Holmes scholar and screenwriter of one of the featured films follow select screenings. Whether you are a first-timer or devoted Sherlockian, join us for a weekend of delightful mystery, intrigue and some of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most unforgettable characters.
VIP Festival Pass
Admission to all featured films, Discussion/Q&As and more.
General Admission: $40.00
ASU Students: $35.00
Friday, March 24, 6:00pm
Includes: one drink voucher, appetizers and opportunity to meet world renowned silent film composer and accompanist Donald Sosin and Sherlock Holmes scholar Russell Merritt. Purchase tickets to VIP Reception.
FILMS & TICKETS
Friday, March 24, 7:30pm
*Sherlock Holmes (1916, silent film with live piano accompaniment by Donald Sosin)
General Admission – $20.00
ASU Students – $15.00
When a couple of swindlers hold young Alice Faulkner against her will in order to discover the whereabouts of letters that could spell scandal for the royal family, Sherlock Holmes is on the case. Until 2014, all versions of this film were long-thought lost. This newly-restored edition of Berthelet’s silent film is one of the earliest appearances of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detective.Accompanied with live music composed and performed by Donald Sosin.
*Discussion/Q&A following film with world renowned silent film composer and accompanist Donald Sosin and Sherlock Holmes scholar Russell Merritt. Moderator: Dr. Peter Lehman, ASU Center for Film, Media and Popular Culture.
Director: Arthur Berthelet
Screenplay: William Gillette (play) and H.S. Sheldon (scenario)
Starring: William Gillette, Marjorie Kay, Ernest Maupain
Source: Flickr Alley
Saturday, March 25
*The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson (1979)
General Admission – $5.00
A Russian adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s novels about Sherlock Holmes. It is the first of a five-part television film series. The film is divided into two episodes, “Acquaintance” and “Bloody Inscription.” Shown in Russian with English subtitles.
*Discussion/Q&A following film with Ana Hedberg Olenina
Director: Igor Maslennikov
Starring: Vasily Livanov, Vitaly Solomin, Rina Zelyonaya
The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970)
General Admission – $5.00
When a bored Holmes eagerly takes the case of Gabrielle Valladon after an attempt on her life, the search for her missing husband leads to Loch Ness and the legendary monster.
Director: Billy Wilder
Screenplay: Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond
Starring: Robert Stephens, Christopher Lee, Colin Blakely
*The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939)
General Admission – $5.00
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson investigate the legend of a supernatural hound, a beast that may be stalking a young heir on the fog-shrouded moorland that makes up his estate.
*Discussion/Q&A following film with Sherlock Holmes scholar Russell Merritt.
Director: Sidney Lanfield
Screenplay: Ernest Pascal
Starring: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Richard Greene
Source: Criterion/Global Eagle Entertainment
*Mr. Holmes (2015)
General Admission – $5.00
An aged, retired Sherlock Holmes deals with early dementia as he tries to remember both his final case and a mysterious woman whose memory haunts him. He also befriends a fan, the young son of his housekeeper, who wants him to work again.
*Discussion/Q&A following film with Mr. Holmes screenwriter Jeffrey Hatcher and Sherlock Holmes scholar Russell Merritt.
Director: Bill Condon
Screenplay: Jeffrey Hatcher
Starring: Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Hiroyuki Sanada
Activities during the film festival
*Join the QR code SCANveger hunt with special #HTCSherlock trivia and win tickets to a show, click here for details
*Book signing by Dr. Mona Morstein, author of “The Childhood of Sherlock Holmes”
*Commemorative Sherlock Holmes T-Shirt, $10.00
*Take a selfie using one of our Snapchat geo-filters, post using #HTCSherlock and be entered for a chance to win tickets to a performance at the Herberger Theater
*Food and drink specials from the bar – grilled burgers, hot dogs, popcorn, candy, snacks and beverages. Or try the Sherlock & Watson or Sherlock Holmes specialty cocktails!
Jeffrey Hatcher is an award-winning writer for stage, screen, and television. He has written screenplays for the films “The Duchess” with Kiera Knightley and Ralph Fiennes, “Casanova” with Heath Ledger and Sienna Miller, “Stage Beauty” with Billy Crudup and Claire Danes, and, most recently, “Mr. Holmes,” starring Ian McKellen. He has also written episodes of “Columbo,” “The Mentalist,” and the TV movie, “Murder at the Cannes Film Festival.” His plays and adaptations include the book for the Broadway musical “Never Gonna Dance,” “Three Viewings,” “A Picasso,” “Scotland Road,” “The Turn of the Screw,” “Tuesdays with Morrie (with Mitch Albom), “Ten Chimneys,” “Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club,” “Compleat Female Stage Beauty” “Mrs. Mannerly,” “Murderers,” “Ella,” “Mercy of a Storm,” “Smash,” “Armadale,” “Korczak’s Children,” “To Fool the Eye,” “The Falls,” “A Piece of the Rope,” “Louder Faster,” “What’s the Word For,” “John Gabriel Borkman,” “Brand,” “An Enemy of the People,” “Pillars of Society,” “The Government Inspector,” “The Good Soldier,” “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” and others hundreds of theaters in the U.S. and abroad. His most recent adaptation is John Kennedy Toole’s “A Confederacy of Dunces,” starring Nick Offerman as “Ignatius J. Reilly.”
Dr. Russell Merritt has taught at Cal Berkeley in the Department of Film & Media since 1986, is a member of the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, and a member of the Baker Street Irregulars. Although by day he writes and teaches courses on art house cinema, animation, D.W. Griffith, Sergei Eisenstein, and early film, he has not overcome his boyhood fascination with Holmes and Conan Doyle, and continues to write about them. Among his non-Sherlockian publications, he has written two books with J.B. Kaufman on Walt Disney’s early films:, Walt Disney’s Silly Symphonies and Walt in Wonderland. He has also produced and directed the Great Nickelodeon Show, a recreation of a turn-of-the-century nickelodeon program which has played at the Telluride Film Festival, Il Giornate del Cinema Muto, the Los Angeles Film Festival, in San Francisco and for the grand opening of the Berkeley Art Museum. It is scheduled for the TCM Film Festival in 2017.
Donald Sosin (1951- ) grew up in Rye NY and Munich. He studied piano from age four, and composition at the University of Michigan and Columbia University. He has composed everything from chamber, symphonic and choral pieces to theater, dance and TV music. Donald is one of the foremost silent film composers in the world, with over 40 years of performing—often with his wife, soprano Joanna Seaton—at major film festivals and prominent venues in New York, Telluride, San Francisco, Seattle, Berlin, Bologna, Moscow, Shanghai and other cities. They lead workshops in film music and songwriting around the US. Commissions include the Chicago Symphony Chorus, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Turner Classic Movies, MoMA, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Sosin’s film music can be heard on over 50 DVDs on the Criterion, Kino and Milestone and other labels. newmoviemusic.com
ANA HEDBERG OLENINA
Ana Hedberg Olenina is an ACLS Research Fellow affiliated with ASU’s Center for Film, Media and Popular Culture and will be joining ASU’s School of International Letters and Cultures as an Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and Media Studies in Fall 2017. At ASU, she is teaching courses on Russian literature and visual culture, as well as international cinema, and film theory. Though her main research focus is the Soviet avant-garde, her broader interests lie at the juncture of film history and media theory, with an emphasis on historical configurations of sensory experience, emotion, embodiment, and immersive environments. Her essays have appeared in journals Discourse and Film History, as well as several anthologies in Russia, Germany, and the US. She is currently completing a book, entitled Psychomotor Aesthetics: Movement and Affect in Russian and American Modernity. Together with her colleague Maxim Pozdorovkin, Ana Olenina has co-curated two DVD releases of restored Soviet silents (Miss Mend and Early Landmarks of Soviet Film) by Flicker Alley.