Sherlock Holmes: Behind the Canonical Screen

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Sherlock Holmes:
Behind the Canonical Screen.

Edited & introduced by
Lyndsay Faye and Ashley Polasek.

Sherlock Holmes: Behind the Canonical Screen was the third Baker Street Irregulars’ officially sponsored Conference, and the first held on the West Coast. This 2012 event was a unique collaboration between the BSI and the UCLA School of Theatre, Film and Television. Presenters covered a wide range of Sherlockian film topics, from Holmes in cartoons to the earliest versions of Holmes on the screen, in England, the United States, and around the world.

This volume provides a written record of virtually all of the Conference presentations. The work of the 23 contributors, including Sherlockians, academics, and entertainment industry creative talent are all represented here. Lavishly illustrated, this oversized volume will be an essential resource for the student of Sherlockian film and its place in the history of cinema.

272 pages, 10″ x 7″ trade paperback, December 2015
With 42 color and 38 b&w illustrations

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Table of Contents for Sherlock Holmes Behind the Canonical Screen

by Michael H. Kean and Leslie S. Klinger

by Dr. Ashley D. Polasek and Lyndsay Faye

The Evolving Image
by Jeffory Hart

The Detective in Film
by Michael Mallory

How Holmes Crashed the Silents without His Boswell and Took a Pratfall for Moriarty
by Russell Merritt

Cartoons: Setting the Stage for New Generations of Sherlockians
by Jennie C. Paton

Singing, Dancing, and the Sherlockian Musical
by John Farrell

The Triumph of Being Unfaithful: Film Adaptations of The Valley of Fear
by Kristopher Mecholsky

“If You Want to Hear My Story I Have No Wish to Hold It Back”
by Mario Faraone

“Holmes Superbus, Watson Absurdus”: The Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce Films
by Jerry Kegley

Granada’s Sherlock Holmes: A Retrospection
by Timothy S. Greer

Murder Rooms, Guy Ritchie, Mark Gatiss & Steven Moffat: Twenty-First Century Sherlockian “Faction,” Humor, and Loyalty
by Kevin L. Jones

Shaggy Sherlock in Shizuoka: Holmes as Hound in Miyazaki’s TV Anime
by Rick Kenney and Kimiko Akita

The Women: Sex and Success in the Canon, BBC, and Warner Brothers
by Lyndsay Faye

“I Am Not a Whole-Souled Admirer of Womankind”
by Ashley D. Polasek

‘These Relics Have a History’: Restoring Rare Sherlockian Films
by Jan-Christopher Horak

A Good Practical Knowledge of British Law: Intellectual Property and Copyright Issues
by Betsy Rosenblatt and Jonathan Kirsch

From Paper to Celluloid: Adapting Holmes for the Screen
by John Landis and Nicholas Meyer

Animating Sherlock Holmes: The Great Mouse Detective
by John Musker and Ron Clements

It’s Elementary: A Talk-Back with Rob Doherty
by Leslie S. Klinger and Rob Doherty


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Event Details

Sherlock Holmes: Behind the Canonical Screen
August 31 – September 2, 2012
Los Angeles, California
James Bridges Theater (Melnitz Hall, UCLA)
UCLA Guest House & UCLA Faculty Center

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The Baker Street Irregulars, the literary society focused on Sherlock Holmes, publishes volumes for special Sherlockian events.

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