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Sherlock - An Essay In Seven Clips


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  • 1. Sherlock An Essay in Seven Clips
  • 2. The Essay Question How does “A Study in Pink” show Sherlock Holmes as a very modern update of the original character?
  • 3. Introduction • Info: “A Study in Pink” (2010), written by Steven Moffat, directed by Paul McGuigan. • Info: Update of “A Study in Scarlet” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. • What is the plot about? • What is your essay going to be about?
  • 4. Clip 1 – Watson’s Nightmare • Why are we shown this nightmare? How does it connect to the original Conan-Doyle stories? • Which camera angles/ movements are used in this scene? Why does the director use these? • How would you describe the colours in this section? How do they help create an appropriate mood? • Think about the sound – what can you hear? How is the sound unusual? Why is this? • What does Watson’s reaction to the nightmare show us about his character? How does the music support this? • How do these show that “Sherlock” is very modern?
  • 5. Clip 2 – The Press Conference • This scene features Detective Lestrade – what is the connection to the Conan-Doyle stories? • In this scene, Holmes makes Lestrade look foolish. How? (Comment on the use of graphics.) • The reporters are all shown answering their phones at the same time in a single shot – why? • Which other people receive the message? • What happens to the music when Lestrade is asked about a “serial killer”? Why? • How does costume make the Daily Mail reporter look less friendly? • Lestrade receives a final message – how do we know it is from Sherlock? • What do all these things reveal about the character of Sherlock Holmes?
  • 6. Clip 3 – The Meeting • For these questions you will need to look up “autism” and “sociopath” in a dictionary. • Holmes is unaware of the way he insults Molly – why is this important to our understanding of him? • He doesn’t allow Watson to begin a conversation, and seems to have no interest in him, why? • The scene ends with Holmes summarising many things about Watson. Why does the audience know that he is correct in the things he says? • What effect does the music have when Holmes is summarising Watson. • What does this say about an audience’s expectations of the character of Sherlock Holmes? • How do these points help to present Holmes’s personality in a very twenty-first century way?
  • 7. Clip 4 – Baker Street • Which references to the original stories do we find in this scene? • Mrs Hudson makes a very twenty-first century presumption about Holmes and Watson – what is it? Where else in the programme is this mistake made? • How does this make the story more modern? • What is she referring to when she says “married ones”? • This motif is returned to several times: can you think of another from the film? • How does this show a difference between Victorian society and our own?
  • 8. Clip 5 – The Cab • How did Holmes know Watson had been in military service? • The editing in the scene is incredibly quick – why? • Why do the various shots focus on specific details? • How does the editing focus the audience’s attention on: The fact that Watson’s phone was a gift and Watson’s brother’s drink problem? • How does sound in the scene make Holmes’s deduction feel dramatic?
  • 9. Clip 6 – The Body • Explain how editing, camera angle, music and graphics demonstrate Holmes’s power of deduction in this scene.
  • 10. Clip 7 – The Chase • Which techniques are used to show Holmes planning a route to follow the cab? • How is this a modern presentation? • How does the editing show Holmes’s understanding of the London streets? • How does the music reflect the emotion/ atmosphere of the scene? • How does the editing during the chase show the distance the pair are travelling? • Why is the end of the scene an anti-climax?
  • 11. Conclusion • Summarise: How is the new Sherlock presented in a much more modern way than the original by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle? How are the parts from the original updated?