Odesa Silent Movie Premiere: Thousands gather to watch 1916 Sherlock Holmes movie in Odesa (photos)

18:08 Jul. 17, 2016

Thousands gather to watch 1916 Sherlock Holmes movie in Odesa (photos)

Photo source: oiff.com.ua

Until recently, the first ever film about the famous detective has been considered lost

Thousands of people have gathered on Odesa's famous Potemkin Stairs to watch the silent movie 'Sherlock Holmes' (1916) as part of the annual Odessa International Film Festival that kicked off on July 15.

This is the first ever film about the famous British detective, and it was once thought to be lost. In October 2014, the French Cinémathèque announced seven copies had been found in the archives.

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For this screening, one of the most renowned silent movie composers Donald Sosin and his colleague Peter Breiner have created musical accompaniment for a 45-instrument orchestra.

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Sosin presented the film himself and thanked Odesa Symphony Orchestra for helping with the project.

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'Sherlock Holmes' directed by Arthur Berthelet is based on the stories 'A Scandal in Bohemia', 'The Final Problem', and 'A Study in Scarlet' by Arthur Conan Doyle. The main character is portrayed by William Gillette, who first gave Sherlock Holmes his trademark cirved pipe. Gillette the first actor to be universally acclaimed for portraying Sherlock Holmes, having written and staged the first authorized play in 1899.

Photo source: Odessa International Film Festival

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