Richard Oswald's Der Hund von Baskerville, the last silent film starring Sherlock Holmes, has been less a legend than a rumor among cinephiles and Sherlockians. This seven-reel film, with its long pedigree extending back to a German stage play written while Germany was at war with England, has been regarded as the most important "Hound" made in Europe. Long considered lost, it was the last silent Sherlock Holmes film ever made, produced when German studios were the envy of the world. This version of Der Hund is a deluxe makeover made during the dying days of the silent era. Much has been refined, but we are still in a world of secret passages behind sliding panels that lead to torture chambers, death traps, and a hiding place for the malodorous hound. No version of The Hound of the Baskervilles would be complete without Holmes and Watson pursuing Stapleton and his hound on the moor.
This wonderful screen gem is enhanced by live piano accompaniment from Cleveland native David Drazin, an accomplished virtuoso with a talent for playing off the cuff. David selects the perfect piece from his impressive mental repertoire to heighten the viewing experience for our audience. In addition to knowing just the right thing to play for any silent film imaginable, David is also an expert in jazz, classical, blues, and boogie-woogie. Having his talent truly makes our Silent September series something to behold.
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