News is slowly trickling in from this weekend’s San Francisco Silent Film Festival about William Gillette’s legendary 1916 Sherlock Holmes film. SFSFF was the SOLD-OUT American debut of the film, long thought to be lost but recently recovered and restored in France. (More on that here)
Check out #GilletteFilm on Twitter for first-hand accounts, pictures, etc. Several of the Baker Street Babes were in attendance along with many other Holmesians, critics, and fans. Rumors speculate that the film will be shown at more festivals and arthouse theaters over the coming year, and you can pre-order the blu-ray now.
By all accounts the film is a joy to watch, with many people mentioning their surprise and delight at how much characters like Watson and Billy were featured. Even those who did not like the storyline singled out Gillette’s performance and its obvious influence on future Holmes films and actors.
— SF Silent Film Fest (@sfsilentfilm) June 1, 2015
— SF Film Critics (@sffcc) June 1, 2015