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Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking
updated 11.27.2006

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Dear Masterpiece Theatre,
John Wilson of Ajijic, Mexico inquired about the closing music used at the end of Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking. I'm not all that familiar with the music of Adrian Johnston, but I believe the piece in question is by Luigi Boccherini: La Musica Notturna delle strade de Madrid, Op 30 No 6 G324: Passacalle. The music also appeared in the Peter Weir film, Master and Commander.

John Sherman
Olympia, WA

Dear Masterpiece Theatre,
I was disappointed by the amount of negative viewer response to this wonderful Holmes tale. Rupert Everett was a brilliant, disturbing Holmes who led an ironclad cast. I note that several of your viewers objected to the depiction of the murderer's sexual perversion. Have these folks forgotten that Victorian/Edwardian London was not merely the city of Holmes, but the city of Jack the Ripper? Sex crime is by its nature a nasty business, and these squeamish viewers would have been done a disservice had you attempted to pretty it up. We should feel uncomfortable about it; that's the point. And as an amateur student of the psychology of criminal paraphernalia, I was very impressed by the movie's accuracy and attention to detail. The screenwriter had obviously done his homework. Sure, this movie was not canonical Holmes, but there are only so many times you can remake A Scandal in Bohemia before the exercise devolves into weary retread. This was a wonderful movie. I liked it enough to buy the DVD, and it only gets better every time I see it.

Ryan Smith
Fort Bragg, NC

Dear Masterpiece Theatre,
I absolutely LOVED this film. I have read many of Conan Doyle's books and seen many movies based on them. This has to be the best portrayal of the eccentric Sherlock Holmes I have seen yet! George McHenry

Dear Masterpiece Theatre,
The movie was splendid. Rupert Everett is the best and adds a lot of class to the character of Sherlock Holmes. He is believable and excellent. I have watched it over and over and find it well done both in drama and style. The music is perfect for the movie! Cynthia Mantini

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