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The Films of Terence Fisher$
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Wheeler Winston Dixon

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781911325345

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781911325345.001.0001

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Six Late Films

Six Late Films

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(p.303) Chapter 8 Six Late Films
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The Films of Terence Fisher
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Wheeler Winston Dixon

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781911325345.003.0008

This chapter talks about The Hound of the Baskervilles in 1959, which was an unusual project for Terrence Fisher in many ways and represents one of two Sherlock Holmes films he made. It analyses how The Hound of the Baskervilles became known as a film from Hammer's finest period that took advantage of the usual Hammer expertise of that era. It also discusses Fisher's Dracula and The Hound of the Baskervilles, which are films that deal with legendary manifestations of evil and begin with lengthy, narrated flashbacks. The chapter describes Fisher's skill in designing shots, which he manages to accomplish with style, intelligence, and economy. It looks at Fisher's modesty that is apparent when he does not hesitate to interrupt the shot a number of times, rather than leave it intact as a “stunt”.

Keywords:   Terence Fisher, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Sherlock Holmes films, Dracula, narrated flashbacks

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