FAU Lifelong Learning Society, Jupiter
Kurt F. Stone, D.D.
 

Kurt F. Stone, D.D., is now beginning his 16th year with LLS and his passion for film is, he says, “genetic,” having been born in Hollywood, CA and raised both in and around the movie industry. A graduate of the University of California (B.A.), the Eagleton Institute of Politics and the Hebrew Union College (M.A.H.L. and D.D.), Kurt is the best-selling author of two books on the United States Congress and is currently hard at work on a new book about the history of Hollywood. A much sought-after lecturer, occasional actor and ordained rabbi, his political op-ed column “The K.F. Stone Weekly” has, over the past decade, developed an international following.

A Study in Sherlock
Eight Different Actors — In Eight Sherlock Holmes’ Films

From the moment Arthur Conan Doyle first published “A Study in Scarlet” in 1887, Sherlock Holmes has been the world’s favorite detective ... both for readers and actors. Holmes and his loyal sidekick Dr. Watson appeared in four novels, 56 short stories and far more plays, films, radio plays and television shows than one can count. Over the years, an unbelievable 96 different actors have portrayed the brilliantly erratic Holmes. They range from the dandified John Barrymore and oh-so-British Clive Brook to the leonine Raymond Massey and of course, Basil Rathbone. Then again, the world's greatest detective has also been portrayed by the likes of Charleton Heston, Peter O’Toole, George C. Scott and most recently, Robert Downey, Jr. The challenge for each actor of course, is to bring his own take on the detective to life. As such, Sherlock Holmes is never quite the same detective. This course will feature eight different Sherlock Holmes/Dr. Watson films starring eight different actors. Hopefully, we will get to see the many faces and facets of one of literature’s all-time greats ... and have a great time in the process!

Eight Lectures
  1. “Sherlock Holmes” (1922) — John Barrymore essays Holmes, in a film “The Great Profile,” he claims was one of his very favorites. This film also introduces audiences for the first time to William Powell.
  2. “Sherlock Holmes” (1932) — Clive Brook plays Holmes as a romantic who is on the verge of marrying ... until Dr. Moriarity changes his plans.
  3. “The Triumph of Sherlock Holmes” (1935) — Arthur Wontner plays the great Holmes. Although few have ever heard of Wontner, his characterization of Holmes is generally considered to be closest to what author Conan Doyle had in mind.
  4. “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes” (1939) — Starring Basil Rathbone, who, if not the best Sherlock Holmes, is certainly the best known.
  5. “The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes” (1970) — Directed by the great Billy Wilder and starring Robert Stevens, in an edgy, atmospheric film that takes Holmes to Loch Ness.
  6. “The Seven Percent Solution” (1980) — Nicol Williamson plays Holmes as a man about to have a nervous breakdown; so much so that Dr. Watson takes his good friend to see Sigmund Freud.
  7. “The Hound of the Baskervilles” (1988) — Originally made for the BBC, Jeremy Brett (who happens to be Dr. Stone’s favorite) plays an angular, stuffy humorless Holmes.
  8. “Sherlock Holmes” (2009) — Starring Robert Downey, Jr., in a spectacular, fast-paced film in which Holmes and Watson battle a nemesis who threatens all of England.
Course # F8M7 — Full 8 weeks
  Place:Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus
  Dates:Mondays — October 13, 20, 27; November 3, 10, 17, 24; December 1
  Time:7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
  Fee:$68 / member; $98 / non-member
 
Course # F4M8 — Last 4 weeks
  Place:Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus
  Dates:Mondays — November 10, 17, 24; December 1
  Time:7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
  Fee:$34 / member; $54 / non-member