Thursday, July 19, 2012

Happy Birthday, Vasily Livanov and Benedict Cumberbatch


Vasily Livanov and Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes

Vasily Livanov was born on this day in 1935. He achieved fame for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes in the Russian adaptation (1979 – 1986). Directed by Igor Maslennikov, the series is quite faithful to the canon and has an excellent soundtrack by Vladimir Dashkevich. Vitaly Solomin made a great Solomin as well.

Livanov, in my humble opinion, gave the definitive performance as Canonical Holmes. His calm and collected Holmes is one that I have always loved and keep coming back to any number of times.  A true classic in every sense of the word.

Happy Birthday, Sir. Here’s wishing for a long and healthy life ahead.

Happy birthday, Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch. Here’s wishing for a successful movie career ahead, that will keep you off BBC for quite some time! 

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13 comments:

  1. when i do a google search for vasily livanov, your "Vasily Livanov as Sherlock Holmes" post is the 7th link suggested. nice!

    i'd never heard of this sherlock holmes incarnation, but it looks like some of them are available at amazon. i'm thinking that might be a good present for my husband, who is a holmes fan.

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    1. Thanks for the compliment!

      Your husband, being a Holmes fan, would love the Russian series.

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  2. How funny that two men who play Sherlock Holmes share a birthday. Strange, how things work...

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  3. Is this line - " Here’s wishing for a successful movie career ahead, that will keep you off BBC for quite some time ;)" A dig at the BBC's Sherlock?

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    1. Guilty as charged, my dear Sir.

      In my own defense, I can only say that the dig was quite harmless and I did not mean any offense :)

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    2. Ha ha I knew it. Still I love that BBC series, though I understand your reservations.

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  4. I didn't know the Russian Holmes was a Cancer as well! One learns something new everyday.

    I don't think I will understand you're reservations on BBC's Sherlock, but to each their own ;) The CBS series, now that will be something we may agree on, lol. Saving my final judgement till I actually see it, but based on clips it looks dim...

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    1. oops grammar fail. Your, not you're.

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    2. I will be watching 'Elementary' as I love to see as many adaptations of Sherlock Holmes as possible.

      As for BBC Sherlock, let's just say that it is not exactly my cup of tea. As our rightly put it, to each their own :)

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  5. Benedict Cumberbatch is my new favourite person. I can't believe it took me this long to "discover" him.

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  6. Okay, I think the Russian Holmes is great. We have the classic Brit and we have two young Holmes in modern times. I've no doubt missed different variations of Holmes.
    But do you think that my argument that Virgil Tibbs in the American movie "In the Heat of the Night" is another version of Sherlock Holmes is sound?

    link:

    http://shermandemetrius.blogspot.com/

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