[Quick Summary: An examination of the private Sherlock Holmes.]
This film was meant to be two films with an intermission (3 hrs., 2 min.)*:
It's a long story because it's made up of a series of episodes**:
- Holmes investigates several unrelated cases.
- Each case illuminates an unknown facet of Holmes.
- All these facets are combined in the last case.
Episodes are generally a no-no because they break up the narrative flow, i.e., too much stop-start-stop-start.
The rule applies here.
I lost track of the overall story after the second episode.
I got bored waiting for the last (and best) episode.
WHAT I'VE LEARNED: Avoid episodes at all costs.
The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970)
by Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond
* The final film was severely truncated (1 hr., 53 min.)
** Episodes = Separate, tenuously related stories