". . . But the past does not exist independently from the present. Indeed, the past is only past because there is a present, just as I can point to something over there only because I am here. But nothing is inherently over there or here. In that sense, the past has no content. The past -- or more accurately, pastness -- is a position. Thus, in no way can we identify the past as past." p. 15

". . . But we may want to keep in mind that deeds and words are not as distinguishable as often we presume. History does not belong only to its narrators, professional or amateur. While some of us debate what history is or was, others take it into their own hands." p. 153

Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History (1995) by Michel-Rolph Trouillot

Thursday, December 29, 2016

The Joy of Jeremy Brett As Sherlock Was Mine!

     . . . . . Volume 3 of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes finally arrived in the casa, the only one I haven't seen in the long-running (1984 - 1994) show. This is the most delicious Sherlock ever, the Jeremy Brett-Sherlock Holmes dramatization from Granada Television.  Cumberbatch and Freeman -- eat your hearts out! 

There were two episodes in Volume 3: "The Priory School" and "Wisteria Lodge."  Even despite the bigotry exhibited of the decadent British imperialism toward Spaniards (or anyone who isn't a Brit) so commonly found in Doyle's Holmes fictions, this was undiluted pleasure, to see Brett at work in two of his Holmes that I'd not seen.

The titling for the dvds in the various series over this ten-year period is confusing and contradictory. Nor is there that much information about them on the internet, which seems odd enough to merit a Holmes and Watson investigation.

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