Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Capital Celluloid 2012 - Day 43: Sunday Feb 12

The Hound of the Baskervilles (Fisher, 1959): The Flicker Club, Vault at Old Vic Tunnels, 7.30pm

Flicker Club introduction: We are thrilled and slightly scared to announce that the Flicker Club has formed an unholy alliance with the mighty Hammer studios, Britain's legendary house of horror

Starting on Friday, February 10th, we will be resurrecting bloody classics like The Reptile, Frankenstein Created Woman and The Vampire Lovers and bringing them face to face with their 21st century counterparts: Wake Wood, Let Me In and the eagerly awaited The Woman in Black, starring Daniel Radcliffe. All the details are here.

Many of the screenings will include special guests and tonight's is actor and author Mark Gatiss, who will read from the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle novel.


Time Out review: 

'The best Sherlock Holmes film ever made, and one of Hammer's finest movies. Fisher, at the peak of his career, used Conan Doyle's plot to establish a stylish dialectic between Holmes' nominally rational Victorian milieu and the dark, fabulous cruelty behind the Baskerville legend. This opposition is expressed within the first ten minutes, when he moves from the 'legend' with its strong connotations of the Hellfire Club (the nobleman tormenting a young girl with demonic satisfaction) to the rational eccentricities of Baker Street. Holmes is indeed the perfect Fisher hero, the Renaissance scholar with strong mystical undertones, and Cushing gives one of his very best performances, ably supported by Morell (who does not make the usual mistake of overplaying Watson). Lee is in equally good form as the Baskerville heir, and Jack Asher's muted Technicolor photography is superb.'
David Pirie


Here is the trailer

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