Sherlock Holmes (1916) - Major Lost Film Being Restored and Will Premiere in San Francisco
Yesterday there was BIG news ricocheting all over the internets, the announcement that the 1916 long considered lost film Sherlock Holmes has been found at the Cinematheque Francais and is undergoing restoration with help from our friends at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival.
I have linked to the SFSFF press release above, but must share this quote from SFSFF Board President (and restorer) Rob Byrne, “It’s an amazing privilege to work with these reels that have been lost for generations. William Gillette’s Sherlock Holmes has ranked among the holy grails of lost film and my first glimpse of the footage confirms Gillette’s magnetism. Audiences are going to be blown away when they see the real Sherlock Holmes on screen for the first time.”
Mark your calendars! The European premiere will take place at the Cinémathèque Française’s festival of film restoration, Toute la Mémoire du Monde, in January 2015. The American premiere will take place at the San Francisco Silent Film festival in May 2015.
The 20th Anniversary of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival starts with a BANG!
Color me extremely excited! I am sure there will be more shared about this film, the restoration process in the future from many corners of the blogsphere.
Am I excited about this? Elementary My Dear Watson, you bet you're sweet bippy I am!