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Silent film SHERLOCK HOLMES (1916) screening with live music

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As a part of the “Sherlock Holmes’ Birthday” international festival held annualy in Riga for the 6th time in 2017, a unique screening of the silent film “Sherlock Holmes” (1916) will be shown on January 8th. Screening of silent film with jazz&contemporary live music. Special musical arrangement by saxophonist, flutist, jazz groups’ leader Denis Pashkevich and Lithuanian percussionist, oavant-garde jazz and contemporary music performer Arkady Gotesman.
Long considered lost until a complete dupe negative was identified in the vaults of La Cinémathèque française in 2014, this William Gillette film is a vital missing link in the history of Sherlock Holmes on screen. By the time it was produced at Essanay Studios in 1916, Gillette had been established as the world’s foremost interpreter of Holmes on stage—having played him approximately 1300 times since his 1899 debut. This film is a cinematic treasure was directed by by Arthur Berthelet.
This newly-restored edition, thanks to the monumental efforts of both the San Francisco Silent Film Festival and La Cinémathèque française, represents the sole surviving appearance of Gillette’s Holmes on film. Presented with English intertitles and an original score composed and performed by Neil Brand, Guenter Buchwald, and Frank Bockius, Flicker Alley is honored to present SHERLOCK HOLMES in streaming HD.

The film faithfully retains the play’s famous set pieces—Holmes’s encounter with Professor Moriarty, his daring escape from the Stepney Gas Chamber, and the tour-de-force deductions. It also illustrates how Gillette, who wrote the adaptation himself, wove bits from Conan Doyle’s stories ranging from “A Scandal in Bohemia” to “The Final Problem” into an original, innovative mystery play.

Film screening organized in the cooperation with companies PR Linija and CREA Promotion.
Screening place at Cafe Film Noir at “Splendid palace.”
 January 8, 2017 18:00 (entrance from 17:30)
 The hall’s capacity: 130 parterre seats.
 Ticket price: 17€
 12+ – Released for children from age 12
Original movie language is English with subtitles in Latvian and Russian.

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