VALIANT SHERLOCK HOLMES
A LITTLE GLIMPSE INTO GRANADA’S ‘ELIGIBLE BACHELOR’
From the five feature-length movies with Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes and Edward Hardwicke as Dr. Watson … this is my favourite one. Right from the beginning of the story the audience is introduced to a Sherlock Holmes who is haunted by horrible dreams. In fact …. it’s just one dream which recurs constantly.
Among other things it is mainly the vision of a haggish creature with claw-like fingernails, who reaches for him out of a pit full of moddy leaves, enmeshed in cobwebs.
Each time Holmes wakes terror stricken from this terrible nightmare. The fear of seeing things that aren’t there accompanies him at day. The worry of slowly going insane is clearly written all over his face.
Holmes tries to deal with fear and horror by drawing every little detail of his nightmare. Soon no surface of 221b is left uncovered by the huge amount of charcoal sketches which seem to appear right out of a horror cabinet.
Then …. at the climax of the story, Sherlock Holmes finds himself indeed at the edge of a pit. Just like in his dreams. The leaves are there and the cobwebs. And when he looks down ….