"The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson: The Hound of the Baskervilles" Movie Review Essay & Film Analysis

You never asked yourself the question as to what actually happened with the blasphemer from Hugo Baskerville legend, what was the cause of his death, so adversely affected the witnesses of unfortunate events? Meanwhile, if the monster, haunted hero of the story, Sir Henry, it was being quite material, what is the background of the family tradition of the Baskervilles, describes the diabolical ghost? Or back in the XVII century Devonshire shook a similar story? No? And I am interested in this unremarkable at first glance, but a significant part, and the remaining a mystery to all. This is probably one of the 'mistakes' committed by Conan Doyle in the whole cycle of Sherlock Holmes. And yet, not by the value of the product as such, and the time of the release of his in print, when all the British public languishing with desire once again enjoy the adventures of private detective consultant, "Hound of the Baskervilles", despite the simple plot and trivial denouement, instantly became the most famous creations of the writer, and remains so to this day. But, contrary to the status of the most ekraniziruemoy story in the world, "Hound of the Baskervilles" can not boast of many a worthy embodiment of the screen. Soviet television movie in 1981 is considered one of the best, but not because it is perfect from "A" to "Z", and due to the lack of superior. However, I will not be judged collectively, because I saw only a few "Hound of the Baskervilles", but never heard any of them was named undisputed masterpiece.
Now we will focus directly on the "Hound of the Baskervilles" by Igor Maslennikov 1981, which, as we know, is part of a mini-series about Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, and unlike most of the series, almost exactly follows the original (which it is a definite plus). Retell the story, I think it would be complete nonsense, it all already well aware, in the film there are only a few minor discharge of the text, because immediately move on to the analysis of the rest.
The first thing I would like to mention is the extraordinary coziness Soviet "Hound of the Baskervilles", as evidenced by the fact that it can be viewed by adults and children alike, and it has beneficial effects on the nervous system (although it is a merit rather firsthand, because psychologists proved that the 'Sherlock Holmes' has a calming The present effect). Some of the militant advocates compliance with the gloomy mood of the story, perhaps, will remain dissatisfied calm, not intimidating atmosphere of the film, more like a comedy detective than a Gothic thriller. But in defense of the latter it is the fact that whether it is a horror film, it is unlikely to be a desire to revise again and again at any hour of the day or night, and even more doubtful that this film took place in the home collection. Whether it be the western cinema, 'light' style could complain (as in the British TV movie with Jeremy Brett, which, I hope, will be written in the future). There is also a lack of strength is offset by "native" character faces, sometimes straight, but clear domestic audiences humor embodied in theater seats, but bright, true "Soviet" game actors.
Although, just on this point "Hound of the Baskervilles" is obvious just as the film adaptation of plays. In the documentary "Unknown version" describes the fact that Maslennikov, taking on the role of Sir Henry Nikita Mikhalkov soon regretted it, because on the set were just two directors, with Mikhalkov, being assertive, he tried to pull the blanket over himself. But if it were only that! Who of the creative team, it is interesting to know, it occurred that Mikhalkov, a little like your character? I will not enumerate the features of appearance and character of Henry Baskerville, do not need it, but the people were right, focuses on the fact that Mikhalkov in this role - pure caricature of "Sir" and even an Englishman. Brilliant caricature, I must say, because Nikita is playing brilliantly, but would still - can not be helped, as the old Frankland - a parody, it is in Africa parody. Recall at least his arrival in the Russian coat on Baker Street, when he almost ran to kiss Holmes and Watson, shouting, "My dear, how glad I am!". No, the filmmakers certainly gone too far in Russian mentality, for England here and does not smell. But so be it, pass / fail does not matter to the average man in the street, so leave "Sir Henry" alone.
Next Barrymore. It is noteworthy that Alexander Adabashyan externally is the best fit the description in the text if not a small growth. As for the rest, Barrymore was a man morose and taciturn, with their 'skeletons in the closet', so it is the first under suspicion of murder. Adabashyan same - a funny little man with a pretty-faced, that's all. Whether business Stapleton (Oleg Yankovsky) - on the contrary, this should give the impression of a nondescript simpleton, chasing butterflies with a net in the swamps (among other things, no net, no bags at Stapleton in the film, we did not see). Not surprisingly, Watson not immediately saw through this "harmless" naturalist. Looking at the same Jankowski, once you understand - there is something fishy. Mortimer (Eugene stems) looked well on the whole, if we close our eyes to the excessive overacting in the beginning of the film. But who certainly can not be a critical assessment - so it is "the first beauty of Costa Rica" Baril Stapleton by Irina Kupchenko that and beautiful it can not be called, and, given its impersonality, perplexed, how could Sir Henry at a glance in love with her ? Another beautiful story of Laura Lyons (Alla Demidova) beauty as no different, but the course of events is, in principle, is not affected, but because God is with him. For Holmes and Watson, I mean to Livanov Solomin no claim, of course, there is - in the "Hound of the Baskervilles" They are perhaps the only one who was just in the right place. In order to understand me wrong, I would emphasize that as the film in its purest form, "Hound of the Baskervilles' - is beyond praise, the previous arguments relate only to the film adaptation of
Another note.. The screenplay, as has more than once mentioned, recreates the story of the book in some detail, but at times it seems that the film much cut, so some things have not received a logical explanation, as, for example, riddle bearded stalker in a cab and mysterious notes received Sir Henry in London, what was discussed in the final monologue Holmes, who in the movie, read no
yet, be that as it may, the "Hound of the Baskervilles." - one of the best adaptations of Soviet foreign classics, which became golden Fund of Russia one film and in the depths of the individual hearts of the audience.

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