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[Davies, David Stuart]のBENDING THE WILLOW: Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes (English Edition)
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Jeremy Brett's portrayal of the great detective Sherlock Holmes has been hailed as the best ever. BENDING THE WILLOW is an in-depth look at the actor who said that he wanted his interpretation of Holmes to bend the willow, but not break it. He succeeded brilliantly in bringing the character to life, all the time battling his own personal demon: the manic depression that haunted him for many years.

BENDING THE WILLOW is the definitive study of the man and the making of the Granada (and PBS) TV series.


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5つ星のうち 5.0 Bending the Willow 2014/10/1
投稿者 rachel - (
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from my review on A Fair Substitute for Heaven: Sherlockians will love the information provided on the careful re-tellings of the works by Granada and its producers. For example, Brett and his colleagues worked painstakingly to create a sort of “bible” of canonical references: everything that Sherlock and Watson were referenced to be eating, wearing, thinking and doing within the 56 short stories and 4 novels. This, and other careful attentions to historical detail, are largely why the series is so highly regarded by Sherlockians and academics alike.

What struck me most about this story, however, was ( as mentioned) the true nature of manic depression and the absolutely horrific symptoms torturing its sufferers. Many are well aware of how Jeremy Brett experienced hefty weight gain during the filming of some of the Sherlock installments. This was a result of the lithium side-effect of water retention and often he (this is sounding crass) had to be drained of the excess fluid while still not getting down to his normal size. For a vain actor playing a sinewy and lanky icon, this was more than disparaging. At points in the series, Brett’s heart had swelled to twice its size, again a ramification of the medication he was on. He was so unwell that he had to sit in a wheelchair between scenes. But, more severe than the physical symptoms was the mental repression and depression. Davies recounts numerous conversations where Jeremy was obviously experiencing an episode of illness and how is acute mental faculties (not unlike those of the character he famously played) were plagued and distilled and frenzied by his mental incapacities. Further still, that it so wholly tortured a man who was but 61 upon his death.

Mental illness is a trying and horrible and isolating thing. It is made more so here as it ravages the talent of someone so well-suited to play an iconic literary hero. It saddens me that someone who, to my knowledge, understood Sherlock Holmes in a way few of us do was so wrought with tragedy during his portrayal of him. To say Jeremy Brett is a brilliant actor is an understatement when you, like me, grew up seeing him absolutely embody the role and encompass all that made Holmes so unique. What is interesting further and what Davies explores in a winning and intellectual (and often funny and touching way) is how Jeremy Brett’s illness provided an almost ironic edge to his ability to play Sherlock Holmes. Holmes, to many, is one who suffers from some kind of illness: Cumberbatch’s Holmes is mentioned as being a “high-functioning sociopath” where other critics have mentioned Asperger’s when studying him, to say nothing of the universal belief that he was plagued with some sort of social compulsion or disorder. Having a mentally-tortured soul whose illness caused him to see-saw from great moods of high-energy and mental exultation to low, lethargic moments of depression and drug-abuse ( in Brett’s case, the abuse was prescribed by medical professionals and caused numerous allergic reactions) play a character who exemplifies the same mental traits is a good, if sorrowful match. Those who have immersed themselves in the canon for lengths of time know how difficult it is to be engulfed by Holmes and his remarkable mood swings. He will be high and happy and floating on air, his brain capacity filled with deductive reasoning and logic; only to be brought down, inflated, to the ground: surrounded by pillows, drawing long breaths on his pipe, the cocaine syringe not far from his reach: ostracizing Watson and the world around him.

There is a true marriage of geniuses here plagued by mental instability.
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5つ星のうち 5.0 If you enjoy the Sherlock Holmes series with Jeremy Brett you must read this book. 2014/6/2
投稿者 AJP - (
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This was a fabulous book and I just enjoyed reading about how the series was started and how it progressed throughout the years. This book also introduces you to the man who was the best actor to ever play the part of Sherlock Holmes. I thought that Basil Rathboone played the best Holmes but Jeremy was indeed the best actor to portray the Holmes character. As I read this book I enjoyed reading the credits when I watched the series on TV. The book really famiiarizes you with the production. I was pleased to read about Jeremy Brett and what a wonderful person he was, though it was very sad to learn about the terrible medical problems he endured, though Jeremy tried to cope as best he could. Highly recommend this book.
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5つ星のうち 4.0 Well Written Biography 2013/9/11
投稿者 Anne Coy - (
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This book gave me a lot of information on Jeremy Brett's life during the period when he was acting the part of Sherlock Holmes on the BBC version of the Arthur Conan Doyle stories. Pieces of information about other periods of his life were also slipped in, but I bought this book because I bought the whole Sherlock Holmes series done by the BBC and loved it. After years of watching Basil Rathbone and his fumbling sidekick, and Ronald Howard and his foolish sidekick, I was delighted to find a series that came much closer to embodying Arthur Conan Doyle's true Sherlock Holmes. The book covered the parts that the Granada Production Company played in distorting stories because of cost concerns. It also covered the disintegration of Jeremy Brett's health and its effect upon the productions. I own the complete written works of Doyle's Sherlock Holmes and to my mind, Jeremy Brett was the absolute best at representing the Sherlock Holmes that Doyle envisioned.
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5つ星のうち 5.0 Deepens our understanding of Brett and the Granada series 2014/6/17
投稿者 Samuel - (
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This is not a sensational, divulging Brett biography. This is about the essence of the man: how he interacted with his fellow actors and his various writers & directors, how he felt about the series and about Sherlock Holmes, how he changed with his illness and how he changed the role of Sherlock forever. Contains many quotes from the canon, from Burke & Hardwicke, from directors, writers, etc, and from Brett himself. The author has been immersed in Sherlock Holmes for a long time, and had known Brett for many years; his words are credible. Again, this is not a puff-piece biography, but a glimpse into the Granada world, from the apprehensive first season to the faltering later episodes. This book is pivotal in gaining a comprehensive understanding of Jeremy Brett, as well as the Granada Sherlock.
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5つ星のうち 5.0 Sherlock Holmes and Jeremy Brett: How the magic happened. 2013/11/11
投稿者 Brewski2010 - (
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I really enjoyed this book. Not only does Mr. Davies give us a wonderful biography of Jeremy Brett, but he provides us with all the "inside" scoop on the process and the problems that had to be solved to film this greatest of all Sherlock series for TV. I am a new Sherlock fan, caught hook, line and sinker by the first half hour of the new TV show, Sherlock BBC. I tried some other TV shows and movies, but was disappointed, but I came across Jeremy Brett's Granada series I knew that I had found the "real" Sherlock Holmes. This book explains how Jeremy became Sherlock and how,on many occasions the warm and jovial Jeremy shined through in his portrayal of the cold, calculating Holmes. A must read for everyone who is a fan of that great series.
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