ARTE FRANCE, ON LINE PRODUCTIONS
NON-THEATRICAL, TV, DVD
Jean-Denis Bonan revisits the many crime scenes where the famous detective left his prints: from wild and windy Dartmoor to civilized 221B Baker Street.
He digs up clues, interrogates witnesses and brings to life one of the most popular heroes to emerge from Victorian England's collective imagination.
Holmes's Baker Street apartments are still haunted by his long, enigmatic shadow. At the Sherlock Holmes pub, he is everywhere. Tracking down every aspect of the Holmes legend, the director visits places rich in history. He takes us along the banks of London's canals, to Dartmoor where the Hound of the Baskervilles prowled and which has become a Mecca for Holmes fans, to Sussex where Sherlock Holmes withdrew at the end of his life, and, finally, to the Reichenbach Falls in Switzerland where Conan Doyle faked his hero's death. In the course of his investigation, Bonan calls on Conan Doyle's biographer (Richard Lancelyn Green), a criminologist (Ronald Nossintchouk), a specialist in crime literature (François Rivière), the head of the Forensics Unit at Lyon police department (Christian Barthes), a psychoanalyst (Serge Tisseron) and a private detective (Christian Borniche).